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White Net On Windows

Published : 30th August 2009


Hi
I've used black nets and black scrim on windows plenty of times to help hold exposure outside when shooting. I've just had an enquiry by a director about using a white net or white scrim on a window to help blow out a background view outside the window that is dense green foliage. To my mind this seems logical. Can anyone share any experience of using white nets?


Thanks


Crighton Bone
DP NZ/London



Crighton Bone wrote :


>>I've just had an enquiry by a director about using a white net or white scrim on a window to help blow >>out a background view outside the window that is dense green foliage. To my mind this seems logical. >>Can anyone share any experience of using white nets.


This works very well, especially if you can back light the netting.


Another solution is to apply dulling spray to the glass. This has the advantage of being able to be easily adjusted by adding more coats, and it is easily removed if you over do it. The only caution is try to get someone from the art dep't familiar with spraying from aerosol cans so it can be applied evenly.


Brian Heller
IA 600 DP



>>Another solution is to apply dulling spray to the glass.


This works really well.. used this before to remove unwanted detail outside whilst still keeping a shape to the background.


Duncan Telford
DP
London



>>I've just had an enquiry by a director about using a white net or white scrim on a window to help blow >>out a background view outside the window that is dense green foliage.


Cheap plastic window screen material can work well for this. It tends to be dark grey to black but it is shiny.
It looks like it belongs, it is cheap and easy to apply and it catches the light achieving a realistic look. Great in situations where it will be recognized and in focus.


David Perrault, CSC



Lately I've been using Half Hampshire Frost gel over windows to blur the backgrounds, which also tends to wash-out darker greens.


David Mullen, ASC
Los Angeles



I have used white nets (bobinets) quite successfully when using translites...to diminish detail. If you can get the net "further" away...and a little out of focus, all the better.


Dylan Macleod
Cinematographer
Toronto, Canada
www.dylanmacleod.com




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