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#1 Dyslexic Heart

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:30 AM

Hey

Basically we're filming an interrogation scene, fairly simple; there is a guy tied to chair by a desk and someone questions him. However the lighting is an issue as we're filming in a lounge we do not want the background to be lit visibly as it will look rubbish and have no idea how to light it.

We have access to some Arri 800W lights and some dedo's. At the moment our plan is to shine an Arri from high up directly at the desk and then use then Dedo's to highlight key parts and for close-ups. However not sure if this will work so any ideas or help would be great.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:53 AM

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#3 Matt Day

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

May be worth getting hold of some black fabric and stretching it across the background, bounce the 800 from the ceiling, maybe put a snoot on there as well just to help keep it from directly hitting the background.

Use the dedos to model the actors, should be pretty straight forward, if i were you just push light in from high up on your key side (they always have high narrow windows in those interrogation rooms), i think a small reflector or some white board would be enough for fill as you will probably want to keep it quite dramatic and contrasty.

If you can't get access to any background fabric it might be possible to cheat slightly, shoot all angles up against a blank wall and vary the distance depending on the shot. EG: for a wide shot showing both interrogator and interviewee on opposite sides of the desk you might want the desk right up against the wall (here you could have light coming in from camera side (high angle key).. And then for the closeups, turn the desk around and put a bit of space between the back of the actor's chair and the wall.

Just some ideas, without seeing the location or knowing what mood / feel etc nobody can really tell you the best thing to do.

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