Good/Creative Use of Flat Light
Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:58 PM
I was hoping that someone might have good examples of DPs/films actually using flat - conventionally unpretty - light as a storytelling device and using this challenge effectively.
I remember a really great scene in "The Savages" where Laura Linney's character is in a hospital room talking to her father who is sitting on the bed and facing the window. some of the shots of him are from behind so he's backlit in these, but even in the reverses toward his face, this flat light looks great and really fits the story. granted, it helps that the light is coming through a window so it can be broken up/diffused somewhat.
Posted 08 April 2009 - 09:35 PM
I'm faced with a situation in that the perfect location for our story, on first look, couldn't be worse for lighting. The sun will always be behind camera and there's no landscape obstruction to even break up the light (It's a demilitarized Air Force base).
Personally, I think this would be a perfect opportunity to use reflectors and shiny boards on the sides to model that ugly frontal light you are talking about. I am a big fan of reflective surfaces for filming. I can't think of any specific movies that have frontal light all the way through but my first instinct would be to use the shiny boards to give the light some depth so that the entire movie doesn't have the same frontal light look. Just my preference of course . . .
Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:07 PM