Posted 01 October 2006 - 02:49 PM
I have to shoot a 35mm dream like dinner secuence in a expesive restaurant. I plan to give a big light hit from above to the white cloth on the table to use the bounced light to light the actors faces (a couple). Camera will have a 1/2 black promist to glow background wall lights.
I´ve seen similar lightings aproaches in cinematographers like Richardson.
I´d like to know if anyone used a similar lighting scheme and know any special trick or issue.
Posted 01 October 2006 - 03:37 PM
the over head light sounds about right. if it's directly over head you may want an over the camera bounce card to fill in the eyes ever so slightly. i'd put both lights on variacs (dimmers) and slowly cross fade them. as for the back ground you can experiment with lights also on variacs perhaps hitting a single object with three different lights from three different angles producing three distinct shadows and then cross fading them slowly so the shadow appears to move in the back ground. these lights could be gelled different colors etc. it's a dream afterall...
Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:55 AM
Three ways of lighting spring to mind
Inner lighting - as you mention with big light flagged onto table from above with white tablecloth that provides bounce
Outer lighting - a large ring around the talent - loads of lights - issues if you need to go wide - but can look better - check out the Lance Accord - Marie Antoinette shots in the ASC mag
lighting per talent - each talent person is lit hot and spotty from front and above - mad dream look
All very different looks and feels - dpends on story and shot requirements...
Posted 02 October 2006 - 03:18 PM
four source liko which is great toll easy to focus and cut the light and shape it