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#1 Ben Monday

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:34 PM

I am a director and did a favor for a local band by shooting a video for them. Well the DP I lined up bailed tonight, the shoot is tomorrow. Due to conflicts I have to shoot the one scene tomorrow.

I'd like as much help and advise I can get before walking into tomorrow with my limited knowledge. Here is what I am working with ....

Final use will be web based, vimeo or direct streaming from my website.

Shooting inside a dance studio 40x40 room, flour lighting (5 units, 20 ft in the air), one wall is mirrored other walls are off white. I am filming one dancer doing a routine.

Shooting in HD with a Sony FX-1. Planning on shooting at 24p. I have and can use a Tiffen Black Pro Mist #1 filter. Also have Flour canceling filter, polarized filter.

The only lighting available is a double headed work light and several clip on lights with 100w Incand bulbs.

Any and all suggestions or tips are appreciated. I"m just looking to minimize damage (me shooting lol) and from what I've read in here ... this is a very experienced and helpful forum.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:43 AM

Shooting inside a dance studio 40x40 room, flour lighting (5 units, 20 ft in the air), one wall is mirrored other walls are off white. I am filming one dancer doing a routine.
The only lighting available is a double headed work light and several clip on lights with 100w Incand bulbs.


No wonder the DP bailed on the project . . . :lol:

Personally I would keep the focus on the dancer, so I would try to keep everything dark in the background (overheads off) and the dancer lit from the sides with the work lights. If you have a dolly shoot from there moving around the stage if there is any.

Shoot interesting wide angles of the dancer (with Pro Mist on?) and get a lot of coverage (tight close ups) to mix in post and (hopefully) keep the viewers attention if there is nothing else to be showcased (like the band playing, etc).

You may also want to shoot the dancer as she get ready for the routine in the dressing room ( if he / she is into it), entering the space, getting in / out of the car, even driving around (to contrast the on stage persona versus the off stage one), etc. I would keep the lighting dramatic and simple, concentrating on action and mood.

Just try come up with interesting lighting, as many variations of angles, framing, focus racks, camera movement, etc you can think of and, above all, try to have fun!

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 24 May 2009 - 12:45 AM.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 01:03 AM

No wonder the DP bailed on the project . . . :lol:

Personally I would keep the focus on the dancer, so I would try to keep everything dark in the background (overheads off) and the dancer lit from the sides with the work lights. If you have a dolly shoot from there moving around the stage if there is any.

Shoot interesting wide angles of the dancer (with Pro Mist on?) and get a lot of coverage (tight close ups) to mix in post and (hopefully) keep the viewers attention if there is nothing else to be showcased (like the band playing, etc).

You may also want to shoot the dancer as she get ready for the routine in the dressing room ( if he / she is into it), entering the space, getting in / out of the car, even driving around (to contrast the on stage persona versus the off stage one), etc. I would keep the lighting dramatic and simple, concentrating on action and mood.

Just try come up with interesting lighting, as many variations of angles, framing, focus racks, camera movement, etc you can think of and, above all, try to have fun!



Thanks Saul. To clarify the equipment listed is just what I have on hand tonight, he was bringing his own lighting kit etc instead of me renting something. It was very nice of him to offer.
We are shooting her getting ready and leaving tomorrow ... and the driving away in a few weeks at another location. I was thinking of getting rid of the overheads and just use what I have to light. I also have a large reflector for closer shots if I need to fill her face.
The room is very bare, no stage as it's just a rehearsal room. The entire video will cut back and forth to the band getting ready to practice at a recording studio (that's shot in a few weeks).
Thanks again ... I really appreciate the help from some pros in this less then optimal situation.
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