Hey all, does anyone have any suggestions on a miniature candlelight? I thought of doing it in post but I want real glows on the objects and people. Should I put a tiny led light as placeholder and then replace later in post?

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maby use an amber colored led,(out of shot) for the real glow, then post flame animation.

How big is the candle? Could you make it a hollow tube with a wee little light shining up from the inside? Then you could use epoxy or some other clear plastic material to make some replacement "flames" that you could switch out on top of the tube. If you had a rheostat on the light you could make it flicker. That would give you some nice moody lighting effects on set, I should think.

Oh that's a great idea, thanks!

grecodan said:

How big is the candle? Could you make it a hollow tube with a wee little light shining up from the inside? Then you could use epoxy or some other clear plastic material to make some replacement "flames" that you could switch out on top of the tube. If you had a rheostat on the light you could make it flicker. That would give you some nice moody lighting effects on set, I should think.

Even without a rheostat, you could easily paint varying black spots under the replacement flames so the light didn't pass through each of them the same. Then, it'd flicker differently depending on what top was on it automatically without having to adjust the current (something some LEDs have an issue with).

Good idea, Sean. 

For the practical light on the set, you could also place a plastic wheel in front of a spotlight centered on the candle. The wheel could be covered with small, angular bits of lighting gel or other red/orange plastic bits. As you snap the frames, advance the wheel a little bit. The effect will be a nifty flickering light on your set.

Thanks so much I am going to try that!

grecodan said:

Good idea, Sean. 

For the practical light on the set, you could also place a plastic wheel in front of a spotlight centered on the candle. The wheel could be covered with small, angular bits of lighting gel or other red/orange plastic bits. As you snap the frames, advance the wheel a little bit. The effect will be a nifty flickering light on your set.

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