In one of his recent behind the scenes videos, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens shows us how he created a 30 second commercial in one take; and, of course, some helpful tips on how to use a burn bar in creating fire effects.
Before watching the video, you might want to know the background of the project:
“I shot a commercial for Los Gringos Loco on the Red using one of my favorite special effects…Fire! In this back yard barbecue we see everything go up in flames. The goal was to shoot both video and stills that the restaurant will use for advertising purposes. Creating fire is one of my favorite special effects. It’s not easy and must be done with complete caution. I have been building burn bars of different sizes and shapes for years. This is a little taste on how to make fire. I used a new strobe head/constant light from Dynalite. It’s the MH 2065v head with a 650 watt constant modeling light. It makes it so much easer to shoot Video and stills on the same setup.”
For the video shots, Morgan used a RED Camera with a Tamron 24-70 lens on top of a Kessler Shuttlepod rig, while a Canon 5D Mark III was used for stills.
And just like what Morgan said in the video, don’t do this without proper equipment and training. Remember, this is not your usual easy DIY projects.
In case you missed it, here’s another video by Morgan: Understanding Octodomes/Octo Boxes.