Lighting an Acid Trip
Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:10 AM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:40 AM
I'm working on an short in which a man is on acid and my mind is blown as to how to light/shoot this to achieve a decent effect. I have gone back and watched Fear and Loathing (for obvious reasons) but only figured from it to shoot all Wide and off axis. I just thought i would ask everyone on the board what they would do for a situation like this, as it gives you pretty much limitless creativity to mess around! Any Thoughts?
As you just said a situation like this one gives you limitless creativity and everyone may see it in a different way and it would still be legitimate. Wide and off axis is just one thing and not very related to "lighting". You should find your own idea of how things look when under the influence of drugs. You may read descriptions of people who had the experience, medical reports, reference your dreams, paintings etc etc... For example things often used are overexposure mimicking mydriasis (excessive dilation of the pupil), slo-mo for the delay in reflexes, the same image superimposed with a bit of delay for the confusion and so on. These are just examples...
Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:44 AM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 12:00 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 12:11 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 12:23 PM
Or perhaps you could just shoot them on a greenscreen and layer them over a swirling, paisley fractal.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:09 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:19 PM
I think you can obtain more interesting effects doing in camera as Chad say using shift and tilt lenses or kaminski lensbabies... Obviously using the correct lighting you could achieve a great work
Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:09 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:39 PM
my mate did some at a music festival one time and he kept swaying back and forth. turns out he was watching the big screen whilst morrisey was swinging his mic round and my mate thought morrisey had turned into a giant and was trying to hit him with the mic. fun.
but the point of this is maybe think about perception as well as colour and lighting? though this thread is for lighting
Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:51 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:12 PM
Try and get hold of a film called "The Trip" directed by Roger Corman ,written by Jack Nicholson, think Peter Fonda is the lead actor ,might give you some ideas its really weird .
Ooooh! You beat me to it!
I like this film a lot as you already know!
I guess you could watch yellow submarine which was supposed to be a trippy animation although personally I'd rather watch "dougal and the blue cat" although it can get a bit frightening in places with the power mad blue lady in the castle trying to mess everything up and turn everything blue!
Thankfully Dougal and the gang manage to thwart her plans....
...unlike in real life.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:16 PM
... in the morning though, none of these brilliant plans, not even those written in what seems to be peanut butter (you hope) on your lounge wall will make the slightest bit of sense.
what about using things like source 4's to light background walls. with some colour and a decent a gobo slipped in, you could very easily shift the focus of the projected background pattern using the lens on the light, subtly changing the environment around the character. could be a bit theatrical, but it depends what youre going for.
additionally, someone showed me this a while ago.
good, caustic, brain fizzing sound design could be key for you.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:18 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:59 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:51 PM
1. Kaleidoscope/ Greenscreen effects of course.
2. Little instances of slow shutter speed effect so movement leaves trails, or tracers.
3. Random quick double exposure instances so the character is stepping out of himself.
4. Overhead project colored liquids of varying density.
5. Your character should look at his hands and see them as having a pulsing glow.
6. He should be fascinated by textured surfaces as if they have sudden pronounced topography.
7. Shapes and patterns (Like wall paper) have movement as if vying for dominance.
8. The walls breath and ripple at times.
9. Geometric optical illusions.
10. The pattern recognition (matrixing?) effect (Like pictures in clouds) produced by projected sand art is kind of like tripping at times. It?d be out there to see that kind of process projected on the walls as his sand art drawn thoughts and emotions.
But if the character isn?t tripping for the whole thing, then like was suggested, montage it:
Focus goes in and out for a second>
Guy is kind of squinting and unsteady>
He waves his hand in front of his face >
and sees a trail in slow mo>
Freak out MUSIC STARTS>
He stares open mouthed at a Lite Bright>
Pan over to the clock: 4:20 >
Match dissolve on the clock: 9:15 >
Pan back over to find him still looking at the Lite Bright mouth still hung open,
?I could totally get into this.? >
He?s hugging a house plant crying ?I never knew you felt this way either!!? >
He?s frantically painting a mural on the kitchen floor with condiments >
He?s running down the middle of the street naked except for the living room drapes,
?If I don?t believe in the letter M it can?t hurt meeee!? >
BIRDS TWEET >
He opens his eyes to see someone staring down at him,
?Are you Jesus?? ? ?Uh huh, I?m Jesus alright!!? >
Reveal he?s like on ground outside of a shopping mall and ?Jesus? is really a custodian sweeping up cigarette butts,
?Cooool.. Can I get your autograph dude?? >
Show the completed mural on the kitchen floor >
Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:14 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:26 PM
We're shooting on a SI-2K mini for whoever was asking and we have a 12-100 zoom and two primes 9.5 and 35.
we basically have the gear of a independent production at our disposal which is excellent. But i think we're going to have to get creative in post
also im going to look into those films suggested see if any further ideas will come from them. . . or maybe i should just go drop some acid and see what happens.
Any further ideas would be greatly appreciateD!!!!