posted in 16mm, maybe at the wrong place...
Posted 29 October 2006 - 03:54 PM
Posted 29 October 2006 - 06:28 PM
Hi everyone, I am shooting a R&B video on thurday, location is a 1960's looking bungalow, the director wants a bluish look, cold but not too much, no grain, very clean imagery. Color is based on the opening of this video by Martin de Thurah: . All I shot until now are very moody videos, grain was not a concern and I didn't have much lighting involved. This time is quite different. Lighting will involve practicals (regular household bulbs) and fresnels. Should I filter the light sources or the lens?? I am thinking of shooting tungstene balanced film, maybe 7217, would a 1/4 blue do it for the light? What filter should I use if filtering on the lens, I don't want to be to heavy handed. Also, the lighting on this opening scene is fairly simple, it seems to me there is just one source, pretty large on the left side, but I'd like to know your opinion on what was used there. I am a photographer and to me this looks like a source bounced in a glossy white or even soft silver umbrella. I'd also love to use a beauty dish for the shooting, it's a soft reflector/dish, does that exist in film gear or is that just photo flash lighting accessories? Thanks for you help.
You never say if your location has any daylight coming in...? If yes, then you could just go straight tungsten without 85.
If this is all tungsten, then you could use one of lighter Kodak Wratten CC filters on the lens... like Blue CC-10B or - if you want cold look - Cyan - CC10C. I think that for what you want going with Wratten on the lens is a better choice than filering lights... faster, cleaner, less expensive and better looking since color on the lens impairs that color to overall image whereas filtering lights would create localized patches. If you find yourself being short on light shoot straight tungsten and do color in telecine (but then it is not yours)
Posted 29 October 2006 - 07:41 PM
Posted 29 October 2006 - 07:52 PM
Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:26 PM
Thanks a lot David!! Good advice!
Make sure you shoot a greyscale under daylight (5500K) lighting with the full 85 correction filter (or under a tungsten lamp) so that the following footage with the halfway correction looks blue-ish in comparison, especially if you won't be there for the transfer to video.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 10:08 AM