ARC LAMP CONCEALED IN HAND MIMICS GLOW OF MATCH (May, 1924)

ARC LAMP CONCEALED IN HAND MIMICS GLOW OF MATCH

To give a realistic effect of the flare of a match suddenly illuminating the face of a moving-picture actor, a small electric arc
light has been made that is fitted into a case hidden in the hand. Darkness screens all wires and as the hands are cupped to form a wind shield, the apparatus cannot be detected. The powerful light shed by this small arc brings out the lines and shadows of the face far more effectively than would be possible with a match.

3 comments
  1. Toronto says: August 21, 201211:20 am

    I always wondered about that.

  2. Just Old Al says: August 21, 20121:18 pm

    An arc lamp held that close to the face might iluminate well, but speaking as one who has stared at shelded arcs (and unshielded ones for a very short time) I would be concerned with giving my actors welder’s flash (retinal sunburn).

    It does not take a long exposure to give someone a very, very uncomfortable trip to the hospital.

  3. Hirudinea says: August 21, 20123:52 pm

    @ Just Old Al – Yea, I would just rather stick with a match and let them work it out in editing, we’re not filming “The Miracle Worker” here!

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