I had a question recently through our webmaster address asking
“Anyway my question is that in movies I see people for lighting use a direct light and bounce it off of something. It is usually a silver or white colorWould that work for better lighting if you bounced say a board wrapped in tin foil or painted white or maybe one of those things u stick in your car window to stop the sun from coming in.”
I answered as follows..

In regard to the bouncing light issue..I would say this..The reason animators bounce light is to avoid glare or shiny spots on the characters.

This happens if the light is too strong.

So there are two ways to dampen the effect 

1 – Bounce the light ( as you say )


2 – Use a light dampener such as putting greaseproof paper over the light. Be careful not to put it too close to the bulb as it will eventually start to burn.

Bouncing the light can work but it takes up space on your set (where sets are small this is an issue ) and it can be time consuming trying to get the perfect deflection angle etc
So I would advise getting some GreaseProof paper (available in baking stall of shops ..its used in baking as it is heat proof
Let me know how you get on.

However there is one other way..which might work in some circumstances…using the set to block / dampen the light eg.

This shot is from one of my favourite brickfilms from a guy called..
Lindsay Fleay

The film was made in 2004 with a Cine Camera ( http://www.rakrent.com/mp/mp.htm)

A work of genius But you can see here he is dampening the light using part of the set