Need Help Lighting a Warehouse for an Interview
Posted 12 October 2011 - 07:03 AM
just wondering if you could help me out. Im shooting a video interview in a warehouse and have limited equipment, so was just wondering if anyone had any ideas.
Im shooting a static Mid, Wide and Close shot with the subject in the middle of the warehouse like so:
Im shooting on a 5d and have, 3 x 600W lillyputs and three small 100W halogen lamps. Various boards to bounce and diffuse as well as a few gels.
I wanted something like below. Subtle background light and a softbox on the subject.
Please throw any ideas my way.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:50 PM
When I do things like this I "cheat." A vectorscope is an AMAZING tool for video/digital in that you can EXACTLY match colors in realtime, especially when using a fixture like Arri's Locaster LED (or any other 6-7 color LED). If you have access to a vectorscope it'll save all the photoshop/still frames...
But the overall message - start with your background - thats the tough part, and then at the very end work on your key and shaping the light so it looks correct for your intentions. You may actually find that a piece of foamcore or a flag over your talent helps IMMENSELY - so you can block any frontal warehouse light from hitting your talent's face, allowing you to put your pretty lighting on them instead. And you'll probably find that the nasty warehouse lighting looks just fine if its backlighting your subject.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:00 AM
So with the situation above, I'd sit the talent down in a chair and shoot on a slightly longer lens so that a portion of those shelves went slightly soft. Kill the overheads as much as possible and then rake the background that is seen on camera from behind (so the light is pointing back toward the direction of camera) to "rim" the shelves for a more interesting "dramatic" look. This sets it apart from the b-roll which is likely going to be much more "industrial" and mundane, lighting-wise.
I think that my "style" and approach can be described by saying that if I had only a thousand dollars, instead of making a mediocre/poor $2,000 movie (with only $1,000), I'd prefer to make an excellent $800 movie and not try to overreach the parameters of what I have to work with.
Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:36 PM
You've got enough gear to light a small area, but that's it. Key your subject + two very limited background places with your 600w lights. So if the window/bay door idea is a no go, and you're not going to leave the overheads on because it'll look cheap, perhaps key your subject with one unit, then rig your other two up high above the top of frame in two spots down the row away from you so they looked reasonable convicingly like overhead downlights, leaving large shadow areas between them. This is likely to be very high-contrast though, possibly too "creepy" or "scary" for your subject matter. your 100w units could serve well enough as a backlight, should you choose to use one. Is this a scary warehouse or a happy friendly warehouse? What feel do you want?
hope this helps
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:34 AM
In terms of grading i shot very flat on the camera and used an old olympus lens.
Let us know what you think,
many thanks sam