I am currently in the early stages of making a film based on an old testament story. I would to achieve a look that resembles renaissance painting, (titian, veronese, reni, raphael [and carravaggio but not that harshly lit] and more modern - delacroix, gericault). Another influence is the photography of Julia Margaret Cameron.
I got good results in black and white still photographs by using long lenses, very long exposure times, slow film and lit using just candles out of shot.
I can't do the long exposures in motion film cameras and as i will have to use shorter exposures i can't light with just candles. I also want to shoot it in colour so the candles would make everything too orange. I want warm colours with particularly rich reds and blues.
I don't have any experience with film lights, I have read about the various types in the book "cinematography" but i don't have any idea what sort would be best for what i want to achieve.
I will be shooting outside mostly. I have not decided whether to shoot in daylight, around dusk. Or another idea i had was that i might be able to shoot at night but make it look like daylight through the lighting, this would give me the very rich areas of darkness similar to those in the paintings. However i think this idea is a bit too extravagant.
So I would very much appreciate any ideas or advice any of you have to help me out with this.
Edited by Oscar Godfrey, 03 September 2006 - 08:59 AM.