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#1 Ben Brahem Ziryab

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:10 AM

DEAR CINEMATOGRAPHERS
 
The shot in "Skyfall" where Daniel Craig is in his car, and the scene is lit only in the color blue. What is the technique behind it? How did he do it? Is it purely lighting, changing color temperature or a combination between lighting and filtration?
 
I am the cinematographer for a film where we will have similar shots. I need to connect each of our characters with only a single color to help paint their pathology. I don't mind renting speciality lights if that's what it takes.

 

Link to a screenshot: http://evanerichards...skyfall238c.jpg


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#2 Darrell Ayer

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

As I cannot check the link where I am I guess I should ask.  Are you talking about when Bond is in china?  Because they set it up in the arial shot before hand that there was bright blue lighting under the highways.  So I'm going to say that it's practical.   The only place in the states I've seen anything like that is Miami, and they used that to great effect in Miami Vice a few years ago.


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

If you mean the bright blue lighting under the roads in Shanghai, that is all practical. I shot there a few years ago, and it really is quite a sight.

 

The closer shots in the car were apparently done later, and lit with the same tubes as were used in China.


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#4 John Holland

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:43 PM

Yep Stuart is spot on with his answer.


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#5 Ben Brahem Ziryab

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

New link: http://tinypic.com/r/172yp1/6

 

That's the shot I am referring to!

 

How can you recreate the lighting? I need a solution that delivers the same strong effect.


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#6 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:54 PM

New link: http://tinypic.com/r/172yp1/6

 

That's the shot I am referring to!

 

How can you recreate the lighting? I need a solution that delivers the same strong effect.

Roger Deakins used colored fluorescent tubes to light this shot, the same tubes as were used for the architectural lighting on the road system in Shanghai.

 

If you are looking for a similar effect, any highly saturated gel would work, for instance LEE 141 Bright Blue or LEE 132 Medium Blue


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#7 Ben Brahem Ziryab

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Roger Deakins used colored fluorescent tubes to light this shot, the same tubes as were used for the architectural lighting on the road system in Shanghai.

 

If you are looking for a similar effect, any highly saturated gel would work, for instance LEE 141 Bright Blue or LEE 132 Medium Blue

Thanks much Stuart. So, I'll rig two 4-bank Kino's with highly saturated gels, bump up the ISO in camera (yes, we're shooting digital) and hope for the best. I'll keep you posted on the results.


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