Jump to content


Photo

mad men lighting


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 andrewshulkind

andrewshulkind

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:37 PM

anyone else watching MAN MEN on AMC? now in its 2nd season, its the most beautifully lit television I have ever seen. it is period 1960s and with sumptuous production design and wardrobe.

but the quality of light, the way they wrap around faces is stunning. somehow (deliberately?) there are hardly any images of the lighting. not in the season 1 featurette, AMC behind the scenes, or stills. anyone from the show or otherwise have comments on the diffusion or special rigging? or seen any clips?
  • 0

#2 Matti Poutanen

Matti Poutanen
  • Guests

Posted 19 September 2008 - 06:47 AM

There's a good article in the AC magazine (March 2008), and it's available online, too:

http://www.ascmag.co...ision/page1.php

-matti
  • 0

#3 Brad Grimmett

Brad Grimmett
  • Sustaining Members
  • 2660 posts
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Los Angeles

Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:15 AM

The show looks terrible on AMC. It's free On Demand in HD, which is how I watch it. In the most recent episode I compared the first scene in HD and the version that aired on AMC and the difference is staggering. The AMC version is SO dark it's hard to see (must be three stops darker than the HD version), and it's a day exterior scene of a woman riding a horse! The HD version looked great. I don't know what they're doing to this show before they air it, but whatever it is must be pissing off the DP (Chris Manley I believe). It's a real shame for such a nice looking show to be ruined like this.
  • 0

#4 K Borowski

K Borowski
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3905 posts
  • Camera Operator
  • I.A.T.S.E. Local # 600 Eastern Region

Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:41 AM

Wow, the entire set is lit by one large set of fluorescent practicals?

Talk about really embracing early '60s postmodern simplicity!
  • 0

#5 Jon Rosenbloom

Jon Rosenbloom
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 713 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:37 PM

Phil Abraham got the '08 emmy for this.

Don't know what he's doing in LA, but on the Mad Men pilot, and that other show he shot, he didn't use any special, secret lights. Everyone has pretty much the same tools on the trucks. It's up to the individual's eye how they get used.

Congrats, Phil.

Edited by Jon Rosenbloom, 28 September 2008 - 09:37 PM.

  • 0

#6 Chris Keth

Chris Keth
  • Sustaining Members
  • 4427 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles

Posted 30 September 2008 - 10:58 PM

According to that AC article cited above, the lighting approach is very, very simple. In general, the wides are pretty much all done with just the ceiling practicals. On closer shots they'll turn off the immediate overhead fluoros and bring kinos in. The fluoros not immediately overhead still work the background.
  • 0


Abel Cine

The Slider

Aerial Filmworks

Paralinx LLC

Wooden Camera

Rig Wheels Passport

Ritter Battery

CineLab

Metropolis Post

CineTape

Visual Products

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

rebotnix Technologies

Technodolly

Opal

Tai Audio

Glidecam

Willys Widgets

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

FJS International, LLC

CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Paralinx LLC

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Willys Widgets

Visual Products

Glidecam

Wooden Camera

Abel Cine

Rig Wheels Passport

Technodolly

Ritter Battery

CineLab

FJS International, LLC

rebotnix Technologies

Aerial Filmworks

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Tai Audio

Opal