Need all the help I can get: Lighting a Transsexual's face
Posted 14 December 2005 - 08:40 AM
I've already been testing angles and lighting during rehearsals. Got a bunch of muslin and diffusion, for starters. But I don't want a heavily augmented look. Shooting 24PA on the DVX-100A. Mostly extreme long lenses and interiors (day & night).
Don't want to rely on heavy makeup. Her skin is generally smooth, but the nose and cheekbones can look pretty severe in 3/4 profile under bright light.
"Chungking Express" would be a model for the look of this film, but my actress needs to be as enticing as the women in "In the Mood for Love"/"2046" for this thing to work. Too ambitious?
Any tips/sugestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm shooting in two weeks.
Posted 14 December 2005 - 10:42 AM
Posted 14 December 2005 - 11:01 AM
Also check out "M. Butterfly". That was a great looking film as I recall.
Maybe look at Owen Roizman's work on "Tootsie", where he helped even Dustin Hoffman look like a woman? Likewise, other films depicting men successfully "passing" as women might be good starting points, e.g., "Triple Echo". Some transsexuals actually have "facial feminization surgery" as part of their transition process:
Posted 14 December 2005 - 11:25 AM
Used a Kino Flo Flathead 80 with 3/4 diff just off and above the lens and used a Mini Flo on the opposite side (again directly above the edge of frame and alot closer to the subject) to get a bit of an eye light going.
Also, HANDS can be a huge give away as is the ADAMS APPLE.
Whatever you do Good Luck.
Posted 14 December 2005 - 12:19 PM
I think he/she really DID pass until... you know...
Posted 14 December 2005 - 01:05 PM