transom window lighting
Posted 26 October 2007 - 03:05 PM
next week I will shoot greenscreen for a compositing.
For a good looking final composition without having too much work in post, I need a proper lighting.
The difficulty for me is how to get the actor lighted like from an transom window about 10 meters above (the actor will be placed in an large museum)
I rented a room 5 meters high - so how light this szene?
For better imagination, I attached a simple graphic which shows my attempt
To fake the diffusion lighting from the surrounding walls I will use softboxes together with dimmers and reflectors.
All in all I have 3 x 1000W (dimmers) and 3 x 650W
Thanks in advance,
Posted 27 October 2007 - 08:57 AM
Posted 27 October 2007 - 09:28 AM
I attached two shots I took on the orginial location, to compare the lighting on set with the real one - maybe you guys can give me some more suggestions on the lighting - just because the actor will need to walk some meters and the light from above must give the illlustion of being high above..
Posted 27 October 2007 - 03:27 PM
Posted 28 October 2007 - 10:27 AM
use an eggcrate baffle to keep the light aimed straight down, so that light from the far side of the source doesn't "wrap" in front of or behind your subject as he moves around.
Thanks, thats a very important advice - because I'm not familliar with the technical lighting possibilities it's even more helpful!
I'm planning a 3x2,4m (7,2m²) light source (fabric lighted by 2 or 3 fresnel-lights from above) to give my actor more space to move.
The flat light source will hang about 4m high (actor is 1,8m) - but how high/deep the eggcrate buffles need to be?
I thought about 20-30cm (or less?)- like in the illlustration underneath with about 9x7 seperations?
Thanks for all the help - that really helps
Edited by Julian Weiss, 28 October 2007 - 10:28 AM.
Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:01 PM
Posted 28 October 2007 - 05:00 PM
Since fabric eggcrates usually come in standard sizes there's only so much you can do about it anyway.
Well, because of the pretty tight budget, I will produce my own eggcrates
I will buy 1x15m carton tomorrow, cut it, paint it black and put it together like an eggcrate with 25cm depth...I think I will stay with these divisions, cause I now know that I only can hang this thing 1.1m above the actors head...
Do you think that would work?
Posted 28 October 2007 - 05:15 PM
Posted 28 October 2007 - 05:18 PM
When it's finished I will upload a picture of my selfmade eggcrate - if it's not too awkward
Posted 02 November 2007 - 01:17 PM
Posted 02 November 2007 - 11:55 PM
Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:46 AM
On the second day I came up with two halogen spotlights used on construction site to light up the eggcrate buffle
In the end the two 500W spotlights were far too small for this job, but better than nothin...
I think my knowledge on filming, building a set, directing, equipment, use of dollies e.g. grew up a lot during these two days
To have some lousy lighted shots itsn't too bad in the end, I still can pull a little bit out of it in postproduction
Edited by Julian Weiss, 04 November 2007 - 08:47 AM.