Lighting a movie theater
Posted 18 November 2005 - 01:18 PM
I am working on a student project that involves lighting the interior of a movie theater. The idea is to place the camera in the back row on a wide lens so that we see the backs of heads and the film being shown. During the scene, the final credits roll and the house lights subsequently come on. I was wondering if anyone has any advice or suggestions in terms of lighting it. I know getting exposure will be a problem. I am considering using a fast stock like Kodak 7279 or 7218 (500T) and pushing one stop. I have a small lighting package at my disposal with small fixtures, the largest being a 1K. I guess the lighting will need to be on a dimmer system. Thanks in advance.
Posted 18 November 2005 - 02:43 PM
Posted 18 November 2005 - 04:14 PM
As for the switch, you can either do it with a dimmer or if you want to go cheap, take a power strip and plug all the lights from one 'light scene' into it and plug all the lights from the next 'light scene' and plug it into another. this will make it easy to switch one off as the other switches on. The natural thermal inertia of the fillament in the bulb gives a nice ramping or dimming effect when you make the switch.
If you rate your film for one stop over you should be ok as long as you have 2-3K of power. remember if you use more than 2k to get the rest from a seperate circut (read as another theater or from the hallway) to avoid blowing fuses. I dont know if you have any monstor stands, but watch out for sprinkler heads EVERY time you set a light. A mistake like that will ruin your day.
and dont be afraid of dark. let the whole scene go dark and choose what gets light.
Posted 18 November 2005 - 08:54 PM