Lighting/Working with Infants
Posted 14 February 2007 - 12:48 AM
In the first spot, we're shooting 1 or more infants.
Probably simple push-ins or lateral moves of infants sleeping, or looking "curious" towards camera.
Not sure about framing yet. Could be anything from full to CU.
Strong possibility of shooting infants of different ehnicities: caucasian, asian, african american.
Lighting is intended to be soft, natural contour with falloff. Maybe side-lit from soft source.
My question is, in dealing with infants, and their unpreditability, small size, and super-soft skin,
are there any warnings or advice?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 03:04 PM
Posted 14 February 2007 - 04:11 PM
i will say this: make certain that you, the AD and the director are well aware of the kids' nap schedules. and try to shoot them when they just wake up. that is if you want them awake and alert and not crying. they will be at their most calm when they have just woken up or after eating. have a detailed conversation with the parents about what you need and what they need.
also it's impossible to know when they might give you the "performance" that you're looking for. they might be looking down in their belly for two minutes and then look up right in the camera like an angel for twenty seconds and then down in the belly again. Your shooting ratio should be very high.
and if you have more than two subjects you will raise your chances of success.
other than that, you really can't go wrong with the way they look. so damn cute.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 12:20 AM
Also camera sound can be a problem due to distraction, so if possible, go with a sync sound camera.
1000ft mags make it easier only because you distract them a bit less often.
A zoom is big help, since they NEVER stay put long enough. Same goes for lighting, having a large enough area ready to shoot will get you a much higher chance to get good stuff
The least amount of people/crew around the kid, the better. Also no shouting or loud noises, a peaceful set is a big plus.
A walkie talkie with a voice activated headset makes it easy to communicate with the director and to your dolly grip while keeping a quiet set.
If the child is supposed to interact with the camera, taping little toys to the matte box helps.
And most of all, patience, lots of it.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:25 AM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:52 AM
Slates can startle them sometimes as well.