With Halloween a little over a month away I have pulled out my DVD's of the classic Universal horror films and started watching them again -- both for fun and for study. Next year I hope to do a short in this style, but I am not quite sure how to go about replicating the look of those films.
I know that the lighting style of films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Werewolf of London and The Black Cat grew of out German Expressionism, and so I am wondering how to go about getting the same look with modern film stocks and lighting equipment.
As it stands now I will not be using a modern camera or modern lenses (both my camera and lenses date from the late 1920's) and I plan to shoot on 5231. Given all that, here are my questions:
1) What kind of lighting package should I be planning on? I would like to keep this as simple as possible as this project will be done on a very small budget with a small crew.
2) What kind of exposure level should I be shooting for?
3) What kind of key-to-fill ratio should I plan on?
4) This project will most likely be lit from the floor. At what angle to the camera should the lights be placed?
5) How can I replicate this look when shooting on location in sunlight?
6) Are there any special laboratory instructions I should consider for this style of lighting?
Thanks a lot for your help. I'm happy to provide more information about the camera the camera and lenses I will be using to shoot this project if that will help in answering my questions.
Edited by Aaron Martin (TX), 28 September 2008 - 03:17 PM.