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#1 Bugs Haller

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 12:23 AM

I caught The Island on Cable a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised. I am a sucker for Scarlett Johansson though!

How did they light faces in that film? I though it was fantastic. I thought it seemed to break some rules (i.e. long hard shadows on faces) even though there are no rules.

It was almost as if they were using hard fresnels and then blasting the actors in the eyes. But then how could they keep their eyes open.

Anyone got the scoop on this?
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 12:46 AM

http://www.theasc.co...land/index.html

Always check the ASC archives ;)
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 02:42 AM

Thanks Jonathan. Great article as usual.

I am still wondering how he lit peoples eyes. That was magnificant and the article doesn't touch on that. Any ideas?
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 03:13 AM

I am still wondering how he lit peoples eyes. That was magnificant and the article doesn't touch on that. Any ideas?


Hmm, haven't seen it in a while. Got any screen captures?
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:54 AM

I can't seem to find a screen cap of what I'm talking about!
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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 05:26 PM

A hard bright light in an actor's face isn't necessarily super intense -- depends on the ASA of the stock and the f-stop you are shooting at. You could get a bright key light out of a 650w Tweenie depending on various factors.
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 05:53 PM

A hard bright light in an actor's face isn't necessarily super intense -- depends on the ASA of the stock and the f-stop you are shooting at. You could get a bright key light out of a 650w Tweenie depending on various factors.

You're right. It just looks that way.

I just don't think I've ever seen an example like how he lit people's eyes in that film. So vivid with so much contrast. It seemed like the DP didn't use fill half the time.

I liked it but I guess a lot of people didn't like the movie.
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 03:48 PM

They use Lite Panels, (Http://www.litepanels.com) I was in there getting one of mine fixed the other day and read a flyer that had an interview with the cinematographer. They call them "Holy hand grenades" for some unknown reason, but the hand held Lite Panels are great LED lights that work great for what you're trying to do.
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#9 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:16 PM

They use Lite Panels, (Http://www.litepanels.com)...


Only for a select number of scenes though, it seems: www.cameraguild.com/magazine/stoo0705.htm

There's another good arcticle :)

The look Bugs is talking about isn't too different from Bay's past films with other DP's, IMO. He generally likes high contrast images. Hot keys and deep shadows. But I've been interested to see "Smokin' Aces", shot by Mauro Fiore, where it really looks like he did some extreme lighting.
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:50 PM

They use Lite Panels, (Http://www.litepanels.com) I was in there getting one of mine fixed the other day and read a flyer that had an interview with the cinematographer. They call them "Holy hand grenades" for some unknown reason, but the hand held Lite Panels are great LED lights that work great for what you're trying to do.

These look like great sources... never seen them before.

Thanks for the info.
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