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#1 Bryce Lansing

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:01 AM

I am DPing a hip hop music video coming up soon, and it will take place in a club. Does anyone have any tips and/or advice for lighting a club scene? Has anyone shot a club scene before?
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#2 Dimitrios Koukas

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:41 AM

Is it film? What ISO. Video HD? Which camera?
Usually you will need 500 ISO tungsten if it is film, so you can have enough light from the installations that you can handle it. Try to get a permission to have access to all the lighting consoles for the robotcics/moving heads and if you are not familiar ask for the lighting person of the club to be there to help you setup some scenes, (it will be more quicker).
If he or she cannot, then ask if you can see everything at least one day before the setup.
Usually there is enough light for shooting, but the lights are all dimmed down, when the club is working so the owner can give the feelling he wants for his customers.
So you can use the club lights to put your ''touch'' to the scene.
Check how much light the club has with everything at 100% so you can get an idea what areas you need to fill or dim.

I am uploading you some frames to see, that are three frames in a row so you can see the tremendous change in the scene... (sorry for the resolution)....frame1.jpg frame2.jpg


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#3 Bryce Lansing

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:27 AM

Is it film? What ISO. Video HD? Which camera?
Usually you will need 500 ISO tungsten if it is film, so you can have enough light from the installations that you can handle it. Try to get a permission to have access to all the lighting consoles for the robotcics/moving heads and if you are not familiar ask for the lighting person of the club to be there to help you setup some scenes, (it will be more quicker).
If he or she cannot, then ask if you can see everything at least one day before the setup.
Usually there is enough light for shooting, but the lights are all dimmed down, when the club is working so the owner can give the feelling he wants for his customers.
So you can use the club lights to put your ''touch'' to the scene.
Check how much light the club has with everything at 100% so you can get an idea what areas you need to fill or dim.

I am uploading you some frames to see, that are three frames in a row so you can see the tremendous change in the scene... (sorry for the resolution)....frame1.jpg frame2.jpg


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Thanks for the tips!

We'll be shooting on the RED camera
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