Aluminum Foil Lighting

BloodFalcon616BloodFalcon616 Website User Posts: 46
Could one use Aluminum Foil on, say, cardboard to make a light deflector for filming outside?

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  • FilmTacFilmTac Website User Posts: 3
    Yes you can! Corridor Digital on Youtube even mentions it in this video here. I don't really know how you'd go about doing this, however, there is probably some tutorials on Youtube if you searched for them.
  • AxelWilkinsonAxelWilkinson Staff Administrator, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 5,243 Staff
    A big piece of white foamcore is used very commonly as a reflector. Its cheap, light, easy to handle, and gives a generally softer, more pleasing light than foil. If you need a harder light, then the foil can be a good option, but a lot of people use foamcore.
  • FroiFroi Website User Posts: 966
    Yeah, just tape foil to cardboard, that's what I did and it works really well
  • mercianfilmmercianfilm Website User Posts: 161
    A more durable substitute for foil would be to use a screen for a car windscreen- you can usually pick them up from poundshops- they're designed for the interior of your car to reflect some of the sun away from your car so would be perfect to reflect light onto your actors! Like i said- you can pick them up in pound shops and the like but a quick search of google has something similiar :
    http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/index.php/windscreen-screen-protector.html
    They're usually as reflective as foil but a lot more durable than tin foil- it's less likely to tear- would have less creases and you could probably iron it to keep the surface smooth!
  • MasterWolfMasterWolf Website User Posts: 369
    I read somewhere that to get a caustic lighting effect like light shining off of water that some productions uses a small tray of water with a light shining on it with a sheet of crinkled aluminum foil in the bottom. a couple grips would move the foil around to create the caustic bouncing light on the scene. Not actually tried this myself, just read it had been done that way
  • guitar74guitar74 Website User Posts: 506

    A big piece of white foamcore is used very commonly as a reflector. Its cheap, light, easy to handle, and gives a generally softer, more pleasing light than foil. If you need a harder light, then the foil can be a good option, but a lot of people use foamcore.
    If you use Foam Core does the surface need to be shiny or have a matte look to it. I'm Assuming this is the board you find in the art section of stores? Thanks!
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