Lighting Scenes when the lead is bald
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:28 PM
I remember looking up at all the fluorscent lights and thinking I was in hell. We couldn't turn off all of the fluorescent lights because they were lighting up the store background a significant amount and since it was a local show promoting different stores and their wares, we definitely had to keep some of them on.
Are there certainly obvious techniques that work well if one is trying to avoid reflection/glare off of a bald actors head? Do certain lights work better than other lights in minimizing glare and reflection off of a bald head, or is it just accepted that the glare will be there.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:54 PM
Overhead flos shouldn't be too bad since they are soft sources, unless his head is shiny and he refuses to wear make-up, but if so, you could suspend a 4'x4' frame of diffusion over his head, slightly behind, to soften & darken the light reflecting off of his head into more of soft sheen/glow, then add more soft light from the ground to compensate if he looks darker. Or suspend a 4'x4' net frame instead to break-up & darken the reflections.
Posted 26 May 2007 - 04:11 AM
Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:40 PM
Funny you mention Deal or No Deal, on a project I shot with Howie, I had a very large soft box built for overhead so that any reflections on his head would be soft, almost like a car commercial. He also does not like to wear any/ much makeup which somewhat further complicated it.
That said, I just try and avoid top light, bring it lower to the ground, get on the same page with the makeup artist, and if you must use top light then diffusion it a lot.
(the thread I wrote on the project with Howie http://www.cinematog...howtopic=11530)
In your case you could place a medium sized diffusion frame (4x4) over the talent to further soften the existing fluorescents (assuming your shot had somewhere to hide the rig).
Posted 26 May 2007 - 04:37 PM
Posted 26 May 2007 - 05:21 PM
I recently shot a short with a bald actor playing Mussolini, and he really liked them.
But yeah, otherwise, go with the diffusion overhead to cut out the hot spots
Posted 29 May 2007 - 11:27 AM