What is "soft enough"?
Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:23 PM
I'm gaffing a short this fall that involves quite a bit of soft lighting. However I don't have too much experience with soft sources. The scene I'm most concerned is going to be shot against black background in studio so it doesn't have to look realistic, per se. Both of the actors will be nude so I think going with a big source from the side is a good bet. I'm concerned about the size of our studio, it's roughly 33 feet long x 21 feet wide and has a couple of pillars in the way.
I was thinking of using a couple of 5K's with a 12' x 12' 1/2 grid cloth to sidelight our actors. They are facing each other, standard conversation scene with one wide shot from the side, cu's and reverse cu's from 3/4 angle. Am I going to screw myself using a 12' x 12' in a studio this small? Would a smaller frame be "soft enough" roughly from 10 - 15 feet from our actors? I'm also going to hit them with 3/4 backlights in the cu's, probably with 2K's through 4' x 4' 216 or something like that.
I'm concerned about the spill since the background must be black. And I'm also afraid I don't have enough control due to space issues. All input is appreciated. Obviously it's a vague question, but I'm more interested in opinions and lighting philosophies than facts.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:49 PM
Where are the pillars in relation to the rest of the space?
Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:18 PM
I am slowly going anti flo - but a blanket light from kino is great and light and with an eggcrate even better
Posted 26 July 2007 - 03:29 PM
Gotta try it with a 6' x 6' frame, that would save me a lot of space hassles...Brieses and such are out of the question due to our budget, and I don't think we even have them in Finland...? I would love to get my hands on them, they look so freaky.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 03:42 PM
I'd suggest a back crosslight setup with harder sources for the wide shot, then soften everything as you move in for the CUs.
Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:35 PM
A 6x6' is plenty for this type of scene; I used a Kino blanket light (6x6') with an eggcrate a bit on the last feature I gaffed. It was never "too hard"
Of course it's always relative to what/how you're shooting. You can get beautiful soft, directional light from a 12x12' or a small chimera, depending on your setup.
Posted 29 July 2007 - 12:44 PM
diffusion? Of course I guess you could also find another studio. I believe you said that you wanted to sidelight though.
Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:55 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'm going to get a couple of big chimeras so I can move them around fast and with minimal crew. Not 6' x 6' but I think they'll suffice.