In the making of Django Unchained, I noticed some people running behind the camera team. These people are holding something that looks like a sun blocker.

Video that shows it in use is here.

I haven't been able to confirm that or find out what this actually does.

Can anybody tell me?

Thank you!

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Given the angle, I'd say it's a reflector. The line of people on the right are standing with their backs to the sun, it's probably there to bounce a bit of fill light on to their faces, so they're not silhouetted.

  • Thank you. Could you perhaps take a quick look at the full scene where it's shown in action? I guess this way it can better be estimated: youtu.be/e3-VCVLtlBQ?t=635
    – tmighty
    Apr 21, 2020 at 5:56
  • Looking at that I'd say definitely reflector, but probably for the foreground character near the camera mostly. Once again, the camera is looking into the sun, it's to get a bit of fill light into the shadows.
    – stib
    Apr 22, 2020 at 7:27

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