Bruce, I’ve used Vellum (p



I’ve used Vellum (parchment) over lights both for halogen worklights and Lowel Tota lights for years with no mishaps. Main thing is to keep the safety cage on the worklight and the scrim on the Tota. When you are not recording, save the lights by turning them off. Parchment is mighty tough and can last for years, but it can’t stand up to the heat of halogen bulbs for hours on end.

As for you lighting issue, if you can safely rig your lights overhead then you’ll push the shadows to the floor. Use bounce cards to give a soft fill to the talent’s faces if can only put the lights straight over (which I don’t recommend.) Hanging from the ceiling and pointing downward at an angle will drive down the shadows.

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