Lightin a dark room
Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:17 AM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 10:40 AM
Either you need to shoot day-for-night or dusk-for-night, or you need to find a location with power. At night, you generally can't see more than a few trees and bushes anyway, so you'd be surprised at how small the woods can be -- they can be in the backyard of a place with power outlets.
For interiors, there's "dark & shadowy" (high-contrast with small areas of highlight and black shadows) and "dim" (low-contrast, soft & even, but very underexposed.) "Dark" scenes often use both techniques.
Also, "dark" doesn't have to mean "low light" -- you can use strong lighting and make it look dark because of how you expose it (hence why you can make sunlight look like moonlight.)
But you need a minimum amount of lighting equipment, unless you plan on just having room practicals on.
Why not show us some frames from a movie of what style you are attempting to copy?
Posted 12 October 2007 - 03:46 PM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 06:13 PM
The light given off by torches, etc. in movies is almost always supplemented by movie lights that are off-camera. Not only do torches and lanterns not give off much light to shoot by, but even if they did it's hard to expose for both the light they give off and the torch/lantern itself, without it blowing out to a glowing white.
Supplementing the light given off by hand-held light sources like lanterns can be tricky. Because the light source moves the supplemental light has to move also, and not create too many shadows or lit areas that would give away the placement of the artificial light. It's easier to "fake" the glow of light sources that don't move.
In a dark scene like that you can still give some edgelight or backlight to things in the room so that there's something to see, but still underexposed enough to look dark (this is the "dark and shadowy" look David describes).
Posted 13 October 2007 - 08:52 AM