mimicking a "Starbucks" lighting set up.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 12:10 AM
It's a comedy that takes place in a coffee shop. The director wants a warm "Starbucks" lighting scheme.
On a whim, I Googled "Starbucks lighting" and came up with the attached image. I'm considering creating the ambiance by mimicking what the picture shows as much as possible with brighter lights. By this I mean placing some 300 watt tungsten balanced bulbs in homemade fixtures similar to the those pictured. I want to line the inside of the fixtures with 1/4 grid cloth to soften them up a bit. Also, I have plenty of ND gels to cut down any lights that might be in the frame on wide shots.
Of course, I will have other units off frame to create desired highlights.
What are your opinions on this strategy and does anybody have any hints as to how I could best implement it?
HVX 200 with film like gamma.
White Balanced with a slightly blue gel in order to get the warmth from the tungsten units.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 12:48 AM
To me in a sitting shot I'd do small fixture bounces off foamcore pieces on arms around talent or simply using walls for bounce as many Starbucks lighting designs now do creating more like the images in the links above.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 03:01 AM
Also, I've loved the results I've gotten with the HVX in terms of creating warmth by balancing the camera to 5600K, using daylight sources as my keylights for actors and using uncorrected tungsten background light. This can give a wonderful warm glow to the backgrounds and highlights.
Edited by Erik Anschicks, 26 February 2008 - 03:04 AM.