lighting car ineriors at night
Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:23 AM
I'm preparing a short independent film witch takes place in a Taxi around the city during one night. The money for this project comes from my pockets so there's not a lot of, I'm Trying to build some sources that I can feed from the battery, has any one of you done this before? are there any advices? Can I build some Kind of a Dimmer for a "passing light effect" something like "Night on earth"?
Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:57 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:03 AM
Best keep the lighting levels as low as possible, so that the outside street lights register.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:17 AM
Microflo units are also useful.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:44 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:41 AM
Or just think of anything else that can be use the cars voltage...
Posted 14 February 2006 - 12:09 PM
Look for a couple of car lights that fit in the cigarette lighter plug. If you can afford, flourescent lights are more efficient than anything with a filament, so try them first. If you have a "Metro" store by you, I would look there. They have flouro work lights that plug into a car lighter.
If you need to light the front seat from outside the car, what about a couple of those spotlights used for cars and boats? You will probably need to place diffusion on them, like 216 if you can get it, however anything will work. I think I would put them off-axis to the driver somewhat so he or she can still drive.
If you do decide to use flouro's, they will most likely have a different color than the warm filament lights, so you may have to test to see if you like the color.
If you are going to tape the lights to the outside of the car, use a paper "painter's" tape on the paint first, then use duck tape over that and the units, or strapping tape that is used to seal boxes, with the little strands of hemp in it.
Good luck with your project,
Posted 14 February 2006 - 12:24 PM
The flouros cannot be dimmed, so only use a dimmer on filament lights.
You will probably want to make up a little control panel where the wires can stretch all over the car - so you can dim the lights from wherever you end up hiding to get the shot.
Posted 16 February 2006 - 10:49 PM
It will give you white light if you need it but usually at night the light emits from the dashboard. Colored....
Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:59 AM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:10 AM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:03 AM
For that purpose I plan to build a unit with the Osram Planon, it runs on 24V DC and it's Daylight. Arri makes their Skypanels out of the Osram Planon.
If your shooting Carstuff in daylight as well, I'd recomment some Kinos or lightpanels. You'll have to compensate the strong outdoorlight if your shooting daytime...depends a lot on the color of car interior that will reflect some daylight, black or dark is worst...
Posted 18 February 2006 - 08:10 AM
I worked on job once where the DP did an interesting thing with a night int. car scene.
He lit the car with daylight balanced kino's (4' 4banks around the sides/back and a miniflo taped to the sun visor) and got his look by shooting on Fuji 500 daylight stock. The man and woman in the car were colour balanced normal but the background was all over the place but looked great. The car was driving around central London so there was very mixed lighting everywhere outside - sodium vapour, neon, blue headlights, yellow headlights....
It really created a speparate world inside the car with this 'hot' night outside. If you're shooting on tape, then you can white balance off the daylight source in the car and get the same effect.
Look at the AC article on Collateral on their website. The taxi in that was covered in velcro so they could rig ELD panels wherever they wanted, supplemented by miniflo's. If you find a light weight light source this could be a good solution for you.
I've also seen cameramen use other vehicles with their lights on full beam driving around the action car to create interesting effects.
Edited by flyingpenguins, 18 February 2006 - 08:13 AM.