Memory Light - Eternal Sunshine
Posted 07 May 2007 - 02:12 AM
I'm shooting a short digital film using DVX100B and I'm trying to simulate the 'Memory Light' that Ellen Kuras did in Eternal Sunshine. Mine is for a very short scene, probably about 10-15 seconds.
I read an article in cinematography magazine and they mentioned something about using sodium vapor light because of the direction and focus. Does anyone know what kind of sodium vapor lights did they use? Can we get these off the shelf or rent them?
Of course I'm using DVX100B instead of film camera so there might be difference. Besides sodium vapor lights, does anyone know or tried anything else that produce the same kind of effects, especially for DVX100?
Please help or advise. Thank you.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:05 AM
There are many different gel combos which can simulate this look on tungsten lamps. A search in the archives should turn up some old threads where these have been discussed.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:34 AM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:01 PM
I thought it was a bluish light too
From what I remember it was a blueish light in the film and sodium vapors tend to be orangish. I remember reading somewhere that they used a par can right near the axis of the lens. Pars are very similar to car headlights. Although given that you're shooting video which will give a harsher look to begin with I don't think using the exact same light source is as important as finding something that will work for the look you want on the DVX.
so you could use a gelled or hmi par (with a snoot maybe?)
Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:39 AM
I will post some images after the shoot is done.