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#1 Mike Bao

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

Hi all! :)

I am going to be gaffing on a project in about 2 weeks and I need some help please,because I am absolutely lost :P

We will be shooting in a small studio (http://www.whiteroom...lr-1024x651.jpg)
Lighting we have: 6x800w openfaces,650w fresnel,3x 300w fresnel.
Have some limited budget for grip equipment,need to decide which.

Director wants a white limbo,soft light with a bit of halation around subjects and has a lot of shots which rotate 180 degrees. :(

I am thinking to light bg and actors separately. Will overlapping openfaces from each side with a bit of diffusion do the trick? Or is it better to shoot through 4x4 frames?

 

Is bouncing from the ceiling (or muslin) and adding neg fill with floppies be my best bet?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated! ;p


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#2 timHealy

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:25 PM

I think you need a bigger boat. 

 

My first reaction is that the stage is really too small to light actors and background separately and do 180 degree shots.

 

I would ask think you would need a stage with a cyc if it suppose to be in limbo.

 

Are you seeing actors head to toe? Then really it may be too small.

 

You might get away with it if you light in one direction, pull the actors away from the lit background and keep shots tight-ish. You can fake 180 degree shots by panning off one actor into the limbo and panning into another actor from the white.

 

But maybe I don't know enough about what you want to do.

 

Good luck

 

Tim


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#3 Mike Bao

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:04 PM

Thanks for replying Tim!

Well,this is the studio we have given the miniscule budget,so I have to work with it ;p 

It is mainly an "interrogation" scene,so for the most part we will see a seated person and not so much of the interrogators walking around him.
From the way Director talked about it and some shots in mind,it reminded me of Scarface opening scene:

 

I was thinking of maybe bouncing light from either 4x4,or 8x8 foamboard to create softish source so I don't have to tweak lot. I am not sure if I will be able to control spill though. And add some kickers from time to time to burn out,hallate one side of the face.

Any comments/recommendations?
 

Thanks a lot!

 

 


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