style="margin-top:0;">Published : 24th September 2003
work for a local television station, we have here one of those storefront
studios for news and other type of programs we produce. The DOP before
me did a good job lighting the space, but in my opinion he forgot to think
about the exterior of the studio. We are located in the middle of Chinatown
and there are alot of colors outside I want to take advantage of, instead
of everything looking blue most of the time.
thing is I've been trying to fix CTO's (1/4, 1/2 and full) to the windows,
but am never successful avoiding the reflections from the lights on the
question is : Is there a way to fix a CTO or any filter to a window semi
permanently, flat against the glass so I don't have those annoying reflections?
in advance for your advice and opinions,
they still make those large acrylic boards of color-corrected plexi? They
used to come in something like 4'x8' and could be cut on a table saw.
One could use them for somewhat permanent installations or could even
make a box of them for someone standing outside a doorway. Try Expendable
Supply Store (ESS) in LA to see if they have them. If not, you could probably
go to the local plexi or plastic supplier with a swatch book and have
something made that's close enough.
question is: Is there a way to fix a CTO or any filter to
a window semi >permanently, flat against the glass so I
don't have those annoying >reflections?
thing that you might want to try is to apply the CTO in the same fashion
that is used to apply tinting to windows. Take a squirt bottle full of
water and add a couple drops of Elmer's children's glue (I can't remember
the exact name of the glue but it's a brown glue and is made specifically
for children.). It doesn't take much...maybe 1 teaspoon for every quart
this water/glue mixture heavily over the entire window and place your
gel on before it starts to dry/evaporate. Then use a squeegee to force
out the water between the window and gel. The glue is strong enough to
hold the gel in place but not strong enough to make a permanent bond.
method will get out any wrinkles or air bubbles and the gel will stay
in place until you peel it off. It works wonderfully...assuming your windows
are no wider than your gel. Seams will be hard to hide.
Gel To Fit Frame. Top to bottom or Side to side...However you think the
joins if any are easier to work with...
the window slightly and then with one of those widow cleaners wipes, keeping
this moist also smooth out the gel onto the window, creating a vacuum
with the water on the glass. This should give you a neat & tidy flat
water should help with the joins in the gel for final alignment prior
to final wipe with widow cleaners tool.
be you can pick one up from somebody at the traffic lights on your way
is true but I do have an instructional video that shows you how to do
no we don't sell lighting gel...This is not a sales plug Geoff
it on with a squeegee can certainly work (that's how the grips often do
it) but the real solution is to get the CTO hard panels (Rosco makes them
and I'm sure other companies do also). Expensive but highly appropriate
for your situation, especially as regards permanence.