One of the tricks for making the most of your lights is to use gels. The typical way to use gels on smaller shoots is to just clip them to the barn doors. This works fine for color gels, but not for diffusion gels. Diffusion gels soften light, scattering the rays so that it seems to wrap around objects. However, to really get this effect, you need to not only scatter the rays by punching the light through diffusion, but also enlarge the apparent size of the light source. To do this right, you really need a gel frame.
You hear the phrase on film sets all the time, “Fix it in post.” Maybe a C-stand or the mic boom crept into a shot. With the current level of post-production technology, it’s possible to solve almost any problem in the edit bay—if you have enough time and money.
“Fix it in post,” is the unofficial motto of independent film production. But look around and ask yourself–how many of the people saying, “Fix it in post,” are actually going to be there in post-production with you? Probably none of them. (continue reading…)