Lighting inside a movie theater
Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:49 AM
I'm a student filmmaker in Brazil, and I'm doing the cinematography for a very short (one minute) film.
It's kind of a romantic comedy, and it calls for a style that is natural but somewhat cartoony at the same time.
It's gonna be shot on Vision2 500t, 16mm probably (not S16), or if I get lucky, 35mm 1.85.
My school has available the whole line of Arri HMI fresnels from 575w to 4k, and Arri Tungsten fresnels from 150w to 10k, and some banks of corrected fluorescents.
My idea was to light the front of the performers with a very big white reflector and a tungsten balanced as key, and use a HMI flickering from the projector booth to get that totally fake and stylized projector flicker as a rim light for the performers.
Most of the film will be shot from the screen position, framing two seats with a couple. There will be some inserts, also, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I'm an experienced videographer, and I shoot still 35mm film since I was a kid, but this will be my first movie shot with film cameras.
Any advice or tips would be immensely apreciated.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 03:22 AM
I once shot in a cinema and from then I can recommend that you'd light the walls. Most cinema theatres have wall lights, be it some kind of lustres, be it tubes in cavetto. Add front and back light as coming from the booth, why not, and it will look cinema.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:28 AM
Shooting 35mm stills doesn't differ from shooting 35mm motion.
The principle is the same...there are differences in stock but technically its all the same.
I think your idea sounds absolutely fine.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 02:06 PM
Theres a great movie called Goodbye Dragon Inn thats is all shot within a movie theater and there is a wealth of ideas there.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:28 PM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 04:59 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:40 PM
I liked the digital projector idea. I'd thought about it, but dismissed the idea thinking I'd get very low exposure.
I have a 1000lumens HT DLP projector. I'll try to get a few feet of 5218 500T and shoot some stills, and depending on the results, it could solve my problem.
Thanks again for all the tips!
Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:02 PM
Both of the fans one dimmers and someone was operating then on different speeds.
However the fans do not like being on a dimmer so get some spare fans in case one breaks.
Posted 24 September 2008 - 07:35 PM
I'll see about if I can get screen captures of the work!
Posted 24 September 2008 - 10:58 PM
Once you've established that, all you need to do is add whatever accents you want to bring the level of detail in the background up to an acceptable level. Sometimes ill backlight the chairs just to the point where you can read the edges of them and then throw some small, very low intensity splashes of light onto the back walls to prevent them from falling into complete darkness.