Lighting a Street and graveyard
Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:58 PM
I'm shooting a film next month where i'm going to be lighting a street and graveyard. Only having done one night shoot i would like some advice. The film is a short Horror/Thriller about two burglers looking for an unidentified object. they are going house to house looking for it when they are attacked by a clan of hooded figures (the guardians of the object in my eyes, director may have a different interpretation). I will have access to 4 2k blondes, as many 1k red heads as i need and a range of spots if i need them. Hopefully shooting HD if budget allows, if not HDV, either way with a 35mm adapter.
I'm hoping the street will be fairly well lit (Street Lights), but i cant be sure as locations haven't been confirmed. It's gonna be a steadycam shot following a women up the street and into a house.
For the graveyard my main concern is lighting a wide shot of two characters walking through the graveyard, closeups for dialogue shouldn't be a problem. same equiptment availavble.
Also is there any tips for using a genny when dialogue needs to be recorded? i think we're looking at ADR at the moment.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 05:57 PM
Are you sure the streetlamps in the neighborhood are enough to get a good exposure?
If you aren't able to create a big single source moonlit look for the cemetary in the wide shots, you may consider creating pools of light as if the cemetary had some streetlamps -- then you could perhaps mount some 1K's and 2K's on poles and treetops for pools of light.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:44 PM
Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:24 PM
I'm not sure whether there will be enough street light at all. the location hasn't been confirmed. but i hope there will be decent amount street light and not just a dark street. Does keeping the shot tight, using available light and adding a few 2k lights as high as possible (moonlight) sound like it might work?
I dont think a silent generator is going to be an option with the budget, but i guess looking for a good deal wont hurt.
I like the idea of pools of light in the graveyard. would you also add a light source to simulate moon light in the cemetary?
Thanks again for the replies, really appreciate it.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:03 PM
Edited by Daniel Madsen, 28 December 2008 - 02:05 PM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:10 PM
.....a grad helped some too, I think.
Back lighting your subjects with many smaller sources may be prove less frustrating. With sidelight, the light will fall off very quickly and may look contrived.
Edited by Daniel Madsen, 28 December 2008 - 02:12 PM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:30 PM
Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:08 PM
The car lights and garage overhead in Daniels shot do the same.
Nice shot Daniel, reminds me of a shot in Road to Perdition.
Posted 29 December 2008 - 02:11 PM
I once read an article with Bill Fraker where he said he learned long ago with certain night scenes where there is little source light (and I believe he was speaking about day/night too) to take a small head, say a tweenie, and have it off in the distance pointing straight at the camera. He felt it added to the selling of night. It also creates depth. That is if you can spare a tweenie.
Great tip. I was thinking you might want to hide a small light low off in the distance behind a tree or gravestone and back light some very thin smoke. The night air might just pick up enough to glow.
Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:52 PM
Best of luck!
Edited by Ian Carleton, 29 December 2008 - 07:55 PM.