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Shooting a Scene in a nuclear bunker on 35mm - lighting advice needed


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#1 Phil Thompson

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:20 PM

Hi Guys

 

We're shooting a scene in a nuclear bunker towards the end of the month. We're going to be using 500T fuji Stock.

 

One scene is a dorm, I've attached a couple of pics. We are going to track into the action.

 

Any ideas?

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#2 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:50 PM

What's the genre, mood you're trying to create?
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

That is the real questions- what type of story - mood! Is it a suspense thriller, supernatural horror or a drama about the sterile loneliness of a soldier? Is it a comedy? All would be lit differently.  There's so much you could do.


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#4 Phil Thompson

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 04:02 AM

The vibe of the scene is scary, oppressive. It's supposed to be a mental home. So  we want to go for quite a nightmare place.


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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 04:27 AM

Go with the fluorescent, green or cyan?


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#6 Phil Thompson

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 04:59 AM

What sort of lights do you reckon would be best to hire? 300w Arri Junior lights? And where would you put them?


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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:33 AM

I'd get those fluorescent fixtures working if I possibly could. And if not, I'd rig something equivalent up.

 

Is that the bunker at Kelvedon Hatch?

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:28 AM

What will the effect of using the Fluro fixtures be? And how would you augment them? Yeah it's the one at Kelvedon !!! :)


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#9 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:42 AM

I'd sit your cast on the top bunks and have them near the fluorescents, so they get quite strongly top lit by them. Then, you can close down, and the background will fall off into darkness nicely. Be prepared to flag the spill off the back wall.

 

But I don't know much about your show.

 

I live rather nearby and I've worked down there a few times. You may find the built-in flos are NG, and they're certainly likely to be flickery old iron ballasts, in which case you may wish to rig your own. I have some I'd use. You could probably jury-rig kinos.

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

Don't suppose you're up for doing the lighting on our shoot? It's on the 27th of July. The film is 'The Essex Starkey'. Silly black comedy sci-fi all on 35mm. We don't have much money but it would be a giggle. Here is a piece in Dazed and confused about the film..

 

http://www.dazeddigi...rd-film-society


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