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Rosco Soft Drop

footcandle@...
 

Hello
Looking for perspectives, pros and cons, of working with Rosco Soft Drop backings. I’m aware that I can’t back light them directly as they will show the source. 
BTS or finished work examples of them being employed would be appreciated. 
Thanks


Josh Dreyfus
Gaffer
Boston

emily.stadulis@...
 

Hi, Josh, I'm obviously biased coming from the manufacturer's perspective but Softdrop has some advantages over vinyl - it's seamless up to 39' x 175'+, no shine/kicks, takes 1/3 less light to light, more realistic, easier to hang/transport, and can have patterns and motion projected with gobos and different effects projectors in a way vinyl never could.  That said - you do need to light it differently for night b/c as you said - you can see the source if you try and use ladder lights or other fixtures commonly used on vinyl.  You basically need to go retro and back to the days of lighting drops when they were painted - oblique and off angle.  You can do this either below, from the sides, or, if you're on the fire lane, come from above and bounce off of diamond plate.  Once you know how to light it, most DPs and Gaffers and definitely productions appreciate the cost and time savings it affords by not having shine, sound reflection, seams, etc.  At this point we are printing 99% Softdrop and only 1% vinyl if that gives you any indication.  But I realize YMMV and am happy to hear others' experiences. 

If it's helpful, I recently did a talk at the DCS show this spring that overviewed the technology, showed case studies from different productions and went through some of the lighting tips and tricks we've learned from DPs and Gaffers including some ways to modify existing methods of lighting vinyl.  You can see the video here and Softdrop starts at the 1:05 mark: https://vimeo.com/260671006.

If you'd like to get a sample to play with and experiment I can get you one sent - we have 3' x 3' samples for basic concept testing and larger 10' x 20' demo drops for camera tests.  Feel free to call, text or e-mail - contact info is below in my signature

Hope this helps! 

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Emily Stadulis
Western Rep
Rosco Laboratories
323-241-2615
emily.stadulis@...

Geoff Boyle
 

Hmm,

 

Maybe a demo 8’ * 6’ could be used for the upcoming camera evaluations 😊

 

 

Cheers

 

Geoff Boyle NSC FBKS

Cinematographer

Netherlands

www.gboyle.co.uk

 

 

 

From: cml-lighting@... <cml-lighting@...> On Behalf Of emily.stadulis@...
Sent: 25 May 2018 02:32
To: cml-lighting@...
Subject: Re: [cml-lighting] Rosco Soft Drop

 

Hi, Josh, I'm obviously biased coming from the manufacturer's perspective but Softdrop has some advantages over vinyl - it's seamless up to 39' x 175'+, no shine/kicks, takes 1/3 less light to light, more realistic, easier to hang/transport, and can have patterns and motion projected with gobos and different effects projectors in a way vinyl never could.  That said - you do need to light it differently for night b/c as you said - you can see the source if you try and use ladder lights or other fixtures commonly used on vinyl.  You basically need to go retro and back to the days of lighting drops when they were painted - oblique and off angle.  You can do this either below, from the sides, or, if you're on the fire lane, come from above and bounce off of diamond plate.  Once you know how to light it, most DPs and Gaffers and definitely productions appreciate the cost and time savings it affords by not having shine, sound reflection, seams, etc.  At this point we are printing 99% Softdrop and only 1% vinyl if that gives you any indication.  But I realize YMMV and am happy to hear others' experiences. 

If it's helpful, I recently did a talk at the DCS show this spring that overviewed the technology, showed case studies from different productions and went through some of the lighting tips and tricks we've learned from DPs and Gaffers including some ways to modify existing methods of lighting vinyl.  You can see the video here and Softdrop starts at the 1:05 mark: https://vimeo.com/260671006.

If you'd like to get a sample to play with and experiment I can get you one sent - we have 3' x 3' samples for basic concept testing and larger 10' x 20' demo drops for camera tests.  Feel free to call, text or e-mail - contact info is below in my signature

Hope this helps! 

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Emily Stadulis

Western Rep

Rosco Laboratories

323-241-2615

emily.stadulis@...
 

Hi, Geoff, feel free to send me your contact info (e-mail and cell below) and I can have our UK office get you a camera test demo.  
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Emily Stadulis
Western Rep
Rosco Laboratories
323-241-2615
emily.stadulis@...

Geoff Boyle
 

Thanks Emily,

Hopefully I'll see you at Cinegear

Geoff




On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 8:16 AM -0700, <emily.stadulis@...> wrote:

Hi, Geoff, feel free to send me your contact info (e-mail and cell below) and I can have our UK office get you a camera test demo.  
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Emily Stadulis
Western Rep
Rosco Laboratories
323-241-2615
emily.stadulis@...