Hey guys, I have a two part question.
Here's the scenario:
There's an upcoming shoot and now they'd
like to design a translight with an abstract photo
montage to be behind two actors that are sitting
in two chair and talking to one another.
We'll most likely be dollying around them in a two shot
(obviously the size of the translight is important.) and
then we'll cheat them and shoot the CU's. I don't know
what the design will be yet, but I did ask that it not
be too much white. Most likely shooting the HDX900.
The first question is how far away these folks should
be from the translight itself. I said minimum 10 feet, but
would prefer 15-20. Taking that into account, how big
do you think the translight should be approx? to hold a two
shot and to dolly around? I'm thinking 40-50 feet. Does
that sound right? Any good rules of thumb?
What lighting would best suit this scenario? is there a
better way to back light this thing than sky pans?
I intend on bringing the whole thing up evenly
and then perhaps adding some more light and color
to certain spots depending on what this thing looks like.
Never lit a translight before...I've been around them,
one memorable one was on set of 'Big Love' watching
Mr. Mullen work!!
Anyhow, thanks for any help.
2 replies to this topic
Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:42 PM
Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:32 AM
Take a Director's Viewfinder, place two people and frame your shot, do the move, measure the right to left sides of frame. Skypans are super simple, fast and give an even spread.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:31 AM
I think you can get away with a smaller one about 30 feet wide. Just depends on how much you want to dolly really. Skypans are the way to go. You can light a Translight that big from the floor with just three 5K Skypans on turtle stands.