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#1 Peter Anderson

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 01:29 PM

A scene from a short film i am involved on includes an exterior shoot during the day. I was wondering what methods people use for controlling daylight and shadows to maintain the look of the scene as the sun changes positions in the sky. We are using the Sony Z1 high definition cameras and there is a budget to hire any equipment we may need.
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 04:04 PM

If you need to re-light the scene or just for fill-light, you will need strong hmi sources like 2,5 KW minimum or 4 kw tungsten fresnel lights(cheaper) thought a frame of diffusion.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 04:24 PM

The best way I've found is to stage a scene so your actors move around enough to be backlit early in the day and also later in the day. That way everything that's shot matches up in editing.

To control contrast, it's always a good idea to bring some silks and bounce boards so soften things up a bit with a lil' fill.
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 04:48 PM

If you need to re-light the scene or just for fill-light, you will need strong hmi sources like 2,5 KW minimum or 4 kw tungsten fresnel lights(cheaper) thought a frame of diffusion.


The only light source on location will be the sun so im looking for ways to keep consistent zones of exposure as well as shadow texture throughout. I was thinking i would use some kind of diffusion to soften the brightness and harsher shadows earlier in the day and then reduce it as the sun sets.

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