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#1 Buttler Bui

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:57 PM

Hey,

 

i`m looking for movies that use a lot of practical lights, anyone remember good uses of these kind of light?

 

thanks a lot


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#2 Ari Davidson

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:00 AM

Tree of Life
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:13 AM

Blade Runner is almost the prototypical example, if you're willing to accept lighting intentionally built into a set as "practical".


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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:03 AM

The New World, as well, used mostly natural light-- but of course there weren't any light bulbs.

I once tried to shoot with just practical lighting. It worked ok, I suppose, but in the end, might as well use some film lights else you have to start to compromise blocking a bit just for camera, and that's very limiting for your director.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:07 AM

thanks guys!


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#6 Edward Lawrence Conley III

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

Fandango 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089126/

 

 

I'm not sure it is what yer after but towards the end of the movie there is a fantastic scene for the wedding that uses paper bag candles and string lights.

 

It has been a long time since I've watched but it is a pretty good movie that sits under the radar.


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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

"Eyes Wide Shut".


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#8 Miguel Angel

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:09 PM

- The Shining.

- The Place Beyond The Pines (the first sequence)

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 08:49 AM

Hey,

 

i`m looking for movies that use a lot of practical lights, anyone remember good uses of these kind of light?

 

thanks a lot

 

Butler,

 

It is a little unclear what you are asking. Are you looking for good examples of films that used practicals in shots as a motivational source for motion picture lights,? Or, are you looking for examples of films  that were lit solely with the practicals in the shots? Please clarify.

 

Guy Holt, Gaffer, ScreenLight & Grip, Lighting & Grip rentals & sales in Boston


Edited by Guy Holt, 08 October 2013 - 08:51 AM.

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#10 David G. Smith

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:34 AM

Pick up a copy of the October 2013 American Cinematographer and read the article on how Roger Deakins ASC, BSC shot the new film "Prisoners". In that film, shot with an Alexa Studio with Arri Master Primes, Deakins used a, "...Practical heavy approach...". AC also notes that the local crew, "...Was blown away..." by the lighting approach. The article is very clear that lighting with a "...Practical heavy approach..." takes as much care, skill and talent as any other approach to lighting.

 

I would also suggest taking a look at Bobby Bukowski's work on the movie "Rampart". That flick was also shot with an Alexa and I think that Mr. Bukowski pushed the envelope, at least a little bit, with his lighting.

 

Also, check out "A Clockwork Orange", shot by John Alcott BSC. It is my understanding that a good portion of the film was shot using practicals as the primary light source.


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