Hey everyone, i just finished shooting for a short 16mm student film a couple of days back. The film is supposed to take place in a house that has no power ,so naturally it was a challenge to light. The film stock we used was kodak vision2 500t, because of it's high sensibility to light. Our camera was a 32' bolex h16. We also used 2 light sources, one was a 650 watt Fresnel about 15 feet to the right of the actor, acting as moonlight, and gelled with a bluish lee gel for that effect; and the other was a 1,000 watt kino flo about 15 feet to the actor's left, acting as a "neighbor's street light". With all this, we kept getting a very low light meter reading on our 1st day of shooting, which was telling us to set our f stop to 1.4, and sometimes at 1.0 (1.4 is as low as all three of our camera lenses would go).
There were no general worries on our second or third day of shooting, because those days mostly involved outdoor locations during the day. We're still kinda worried about the first day though.
I would just like to know if based on the description we gave above we handled everything well, and what could have caused such a low reading when the house seemed to be pretty well lit to the human eye? Do light meters fail often ,and does this look like a case where it did? And if anyone has any tips for an easier way to light a dark interior, let me know please!!! Thank you very much!!!
P.S. We used an incident light meter
Edited by chris marte, 06 November 2007 - 09:25 PM.