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#1 kennethcox

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:27 AM

For a next project I'll be working on, we're thinking of a way to light a forest. This forest will be more of a dark forest, but it musn't be 'scary'. There will be steadycam movement.
Any ideas?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:45 AM

Depends on budget. Overall top light can be nice to emulate the moon. As long as you light the faces and the eyes, and splash some light in the bg you should be ok. Perhaps, too, avoiding a "blue moonlight" look and going for something warmer, yellowish perhaps? A lot depends too on what you're showing in the forrest and how, if at all, the people in the scene are lighting themselves (e.g. campfire, torches, flashlights). Perhaps also Day For Night photography could work. Biggest thing is controlling the highlights to keep 'em from blowing out.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:58 AM

Thanks,
there will be no people in these scenes. Would an 'airstar' be a good option? Has anyone worked with these?
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:50 AM

Certainly a good option, though a bit of a pain in winds. Haven't worked with it myself, but think of it as a very big china-ball that flies.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:48 PM

Getting a lighting balloon high enough to provide decent coverage can be a big problem if the forest is dense. It's not just the space you need for the balloon itself, but all of the guy ropes as well. Also, they are not cheap.
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 03:51 AM

might a hmi as a backlight with a diffusion frame be a good option? It would provide for a different type of light but it might do the job for us.
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 02:15 PM

Is your shot Day or Night? If it is Day, try to choose a section of forest where the canopy is not too dense. Then you can shoot using available daylight and expose for the look you want. If it's a night scene then a large HMI (12 or 18kw) will work well as a backlight. Usually you would have a cherry picker or condor to put the lamp on to get it out of shot. This can cause problems if the trees are so dense that they block most of the light. The other option here would be to use the lamp more as a sidelight, and keep it lower so that it shines between the trunks of the trees rather than through the branches.

An awful lot is going to depend on exactly where you decide to stage these shots, and how big an area you need to light.
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 03:39 AM

Is your shot Day or Night? If it is Day, try to choose a section of forest where the canopy is not too dense. Then you can shoot using available daylight and expose for the look you want. If it's a night scene then a large HMI (12 or 18kw) will work well as a backlight. Usually you would have a cherry picker or condor to put the lamp on to get it out of shot. This can cause problems if the trees are so dense that they block most of the light. The other option here would be to use the lamp more as a sidelight, and keep it lower so that it shines between the trunks of the trees rather than through the branches.

An awful lot is going to depend on exactly where you decide to stage these shots, and how big an area you need to light.


It will be shot at night because to mood of light we are looking for will not be possible during day. We would want the moonlight feeling of light. So the 'airstar' balloon will be the best option for us I suppose.
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