Lighting a hospital at night
Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:06 PM
We will probably shoot the location during the day, so any day-for-night interior tips would be greatly appreciated. I often like to have some sodium-colored light coming in through windows to sell night time, but we probably will not be shooting on the first floor, and the budget is not high enough to rig lights outside on the building.
I'll be using mainly daylight balanced fluorescent fixtures. One shot is a steadicam shot down a hallway (no idea how to light this), and the rest of the scene takes place inside a room. I might mix tungsten practicals with daylight fluorscents in the room. Is that a bad idea?
I'm looking for this sort of color white: http://flickr.com/ph...eart/207430150/ except at night and motivated by the fluorescent lights on the ceiling. Not sure how to do this...
any advice? Sorry if this sounds like a lot of rambling.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:36 PM
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:10 PM
Do you have the freedom to black out the windows? Not having daylight streaming in is the most important thing for making an interior look like nighttime.
I was thinking of something like this, bringing in blackout curtains and then gelling the windows to look like nighttime light.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:56 PM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:14 AM
all the best,
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:46 PM
Mixing daylight and tungsten isn't a bad idea, depending on what you want. It'll give you a very warm yellow and blue mix of light (check out just about any scene in Eyes Wide Shut as an example of this)- might not be right for the sterile look you mentioned here, but might be great.
Hospitals sometimes have all sorts of windows in doors and between rooms etc. that you could maybe cheat as outside windows and push an orange-ish light in through for your street light effect? Just a thought- may not be possible, depending on the location.
You might also want to over expose your BGs a little to help wash out some detail and create that white, sterile look.
Good luck with the shoot.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:23 PM
If I am to overexpose the background, how many stops is reasonable? I am shooting on a canon XHA1.
The Eyes Wide Shut look might be nice. Gives me something to think about for sure.