Burning a Bridge, Night Exterior
Posted 19 February 2007 - 11:31 PM
Posted 20 February 2007 - 03:14 AM
How are you planning on getting the coverage you need for your film, if it's staged in real time as a live event? Your shots really define what lighting setups you need.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:29 PM
The scene is being covered with 5 HDV cameras, 3 Canon XLH1s and 2 others. Each shooter has his/her own directions for shot coverage. There is no dialog and the coverage just shows that the troops did destroy the bridge. The dialog scenes will take place around the smoldering remains and will be lit separately. They are actually going burn the bridge (pine straw and kerosene underneath where the water normally is) and I will have some 4x8 bounce placed for some of the close-ups that are planned when the bridge is fully involved (to show our actors amongst the re-enactors).
After sleeping on it I think my hands are fairly well tied. I have 50amps at best and no pre-lighting time. I may just spread the instruments along the length of the bridge. Maybe the best I can hope for is to provide enough exposure be able to see the troops before the bridge is lighted.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:37 AM
If I had 2 1200's Id put one high and behind the bridge the other lower heavily diffused closer to the camera (yes im ingoring the five camera situation) and test the fire light ahead of time to know what to expect.
Y'all have a good shoot, now!
Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:00 AM
- The problem is getting an even spread of light onto the frame for an even source, and of course by diffusing you're going to lose stop from the word go not to mention shifting hmi's forwards and backwards to fill the frame!
- If you're trying to recreate moonlight remember it is not necessarily diffused - you get good clean shadows under real moonlight conditions - the difference is that moonlight is a lot dimmer than daylight. If you group the lights (safely)together without using a diffusion frame I'd keep the 1200s at the centre. You could then add a gel for giving the hmi a moonlight kind of look - a light steel blue or combination.
At least you'll have plenty of light when the fire gets going! - some silver reflectors will be good for reflecting the flames & why not take some mirrors/mylar too..
Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:23 AM
I'm using 4x8x1.25" styrofoam with silver foil backing for the bounce. It works great for firelight.
Edited by Rick Kelly, 23 February 2007 - 07:27 AM.