Jump to content


Photo

Reality TV Lighting


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Matt Valentine

Matt Valentine

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:25 AM

I light a lot of dinner scenes for reality TV and I've gotten pretty bored with my setups. I typically do a 3/4 back cross key (650Fresnel, snooted, on dimmers) just out from of the standing headroom . I also bounce a 300W into table for table bounce. Any other suggestions for dynamic dinner lighting with two cameras cross shooting. What I've tried so far = China balls over head (tends to be too toppy) Large Chimera pancake with 500W Triolet, China balls on pulleys that lower down after cast sits. Typically the dinners involve 2 to 4 people sitting across from each other at a table. I'm looking for moody, romantic, soft lighting suggestions that are quick and easy and allow cameras to shoot 180 degrees (a Single setup that allows for two simultaneous dirty overs, and a 50/50 with out seeing lights. Thanks.
  • 0

#2 Justin W. King

Justin W. King
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 50 posts
  • Electrician
  • New York, NY

Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:58 AM

What if the table was a light?

I light a lot of dinner scenes for reality TV and I've gotten pretty bored with my setups. I typically do a 3/4 back cross key (650Fresnel, snooted, on dimmers) just out from of the standing headroom . I also bounce a 300W into table for table bounce. Any other suggestions for dynamic dinner lighting with two cameras cross shooting. What I've tried so far = China balls over head (tends to be too toppy) Large Chimera pancake with 500W Triolet, China balls on pulleys that lower down after cast sits. Typically the dinners involve 2 to 4 people sitting across from each other at a table. I'm looking for moody, romantic, soft lighting suggestions that are quick and easy and allow cameras to shoot 180 degrees (a Single setup that allows for two simultaneous dirty overs, and a 50/50 with out seeing lights. Thanks.


  • 0

#3 Tom Guiney

Tom Guiney
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 25 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Oakland, CA

Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:59 PM

I have had some luck using table lights. Get little candelabra based sockets and find yourself a variety of frosted glass trims, wherever you can., Chinatown? Lamp stores? It works ok. It tends to be gaining up the camera, lights on the table for a little in the eyes, dedo/pepper backlights. This is working on The Hills and other such productions. It's good for when you do't want to ruin the ambiance of the place youre shooting, in order to preserve the organicity (such as may be there) of the action. You can put bottles and flowers and stuff in between your lens and the glowing table light. You can make a lot that look rather like candles or a frosted globe or something like that. Once I even put a large light undera frosted glass table and made the whole thing glow like a light. It gets tough on the wides though, seeing any of hte light source. Again its about masking off the obnoxiously bright pieces with set dressing.
  • 0

#4 Toby Orzano

Toby Orzano
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 80 posts
  • Electrician
  • Portland, OR

Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:48 PM

Reality stuff is by nature repetitive and it's more about the drama than innovative visuals. If you're bored with all the permutations of technically good setups then get one up and running in ten minutes and then go flirt with the make-up girls for the rest of the scene.
  • 0

#5 edward read

edward read
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 25 posts
  • Gaffer

Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:00 PM

I would construct a foamcore light box that was the same dimensions or a few inches smaller than the table. the light bouces off the soft box and hits the talent across the table. Since the box isn't over their heads it cuts down on top light. Then your backs and kickers don't need to be so hot to overcome the top key.
  • 0


Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Opal

Metropolis Post

Broadcast Solutions Inc

The Slider

Willys Widgets

Wooden Camera

CineLab

Aerial Filmworks

Paralinx LLC

Tai Audio

rebotnix Technologies

Glidecam

Technodolly

FJS International, LLC

Ritter Battery

Abel Cine

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Visual Products

Rig Wheels Passport

CineTape

Paralinx LLC

Aerial Filmworks

Ritter Battery

Rig Wheels Passport

Tai Audio

FJS International, LLC

Abel Cine

Technodolly

Opal

Metropolis Post

The Slider

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Wooden Camera

CineTape

Willys Widgets

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Glidecam

rebotnix Technologies

CineLab

Visual Products