I am going to be directing my second term short film at the London Film School in the next couple of months and am trying to sort out the look of the film with my dp. It is a dark themed short with a horror/thriller flavour all set in one night time interior. They will be giving us Kodak 7219 500T, three 800w redhead open face lights with flags, various gels and diffusion materials and a felloni led light panel and we can use whatever practicals we want. I am going for a very high contrast, hard light look and would like pools of strong illumination in areas of complete blackness. Previously we have only worked with 200T and I was shocked with how much it sees into the shadows even when the meter indicates underexposure. I am worried that with our open face lights 500T will be too much and the whole film could seem flatly light and without contrast. I was wondering if it would be advisable to use our ND6 filter on the camera at all times and expose the film as 125ASA. I have taken some DSLR stills at 100ASA in my flat just with domestic lights on and am seeing the kind of results I like.
Does anyone have any suggestions or think the ND idea might work out? By the way we cannot push or pull the film in any way or manipulate it digitally in post. Part of our brief is that what we expose in camera is what we get.
Edited by Alex Birrell, 17 March 2012 - 05:16 PM.