Lighting EXT. Desert at Night
Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:29 PM
I'm not against this, but it's a student project and I don't see the possibility of making it look like the desert at night, or even to be able to seen anything at all unless we have a large budget with enormous lights and a relatively small space to light. I would love to have a few 12K HMIs at my disposal, but that simply won't happen.
Right now I'm suggesting that we film the majority of it as it gets increasingly darker and do some colour timing to bring it down later.
Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:41 PM
You could try mixing day-for-night, dusk-for-night, and night-for-night depending on if other light sources are in the frame (like the car headlamps.)
You could set the scene under a lone streetlamp surrounded by darkness and rig a toplight to a pole.
Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:40 PM
I will show this to my producers so they will believe me. I have been saying it is not important to shoot 3 hrs away if all we are seeing is the side of a road and a sea of black.
Thanks for the other tips as well. Perhaps I'll have them splurge for a musco light. ha.
Posted 24 September 2008 - 06:04 AM
I think you have the right idea by shooting day for night or (dusk for night). If you are out in the desert without any practical light sources in frame that should be relatively easy to do.
Other methods get expensive to do on a student budget
Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:49 AM
Be prepared to battle lighting/sky continuity in post. I think david's idea would work.
Maybe even shooting your characters in silhouette against some light source in the distance might look cool.
Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:57 AM
Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:26 PM