Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY Temporary Wallpaper

Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY Temporary Wallpaper

Article excerpt

White walls are the bane of cinematographers everywhere. They're ubiquitous in practical locations the world over, and they are the worst backdrop imaginable for creating any photographic depth in an image.

When shooting in a practical location, it's often not possible to paint the walls, and for a low-budget produðion, even ereðing a façade over an existing wall in order to darken its color or add texture can be costprohibitive. A budget-conscious alternative is to wallpaper the room-temporarily, that is.

Wallpaper isn't as trendy as paint these days, but if you plan ahead, you can find a paper that will work for your needs and order it online. You'll also need a 2" roll of low-tack blue painter's tape and a 111 roll of double-sided carpet tape.

Measure out the width of the roll of wallpaper, and then stripe the wall - from ceiling to floor-with the 2" roll of painter's tape, with its center positioned to align with the edge of the wallpaper. Keep striping the wall with the painter's tape until you've spanned the area you need to cover with the wallpaper. …

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