The setup I used to do most of the footage involved cutting out a large section of tunnel (1/3 to 1/2 vertically on some parts) and having key and fill set up at the front/back of the actors as we had tracking dollys for the length of tunnel. I'm attempting to light the tunnel to bring out the earthy tones, so CTO is a definite must and i've been trying diffusion to reduce the harsh shadows that would reveal unrealistic sources for light in a tunnel but that also conflicts with the fact that natural shadows do occur when the only apparent light source (to the viewer) would be a flashlight.
I have shot all the tunnels scenes with actors and when I get the footage back I will post a link to to show what I did, but I'd like opinions on alternative methods to attempt for the future or even a demo reel as I don't feel the way I lit them works as well as I had hoped.
We have a lot of coverage shots involving rats in a scale model of the tunnels (10' wide tube, 6 feet long) to make them appear unnaturally large but are having great difficulty figuring out lighting setups for the miniature....we're basically limited to backlighting or front lighting, the latter of which reveals how cute the rats are as opposed to how "scary" the director wants to make them look, heh.
I've mulled over cutting the tube in half vertically and shooting through a clear sheet of vinyl and setting up typical key and fill that way, but are there any other options here?
Has anybody lit tunnels before? What are your thoughts, comments on how to light these appropriately? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.
Edited by Andrew Sisnett, 26 November 2008 - 01:01 PM.