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#1 Haydn Michael John West

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 06:26 AM

Hello,

 

We're very interested in the lights Eric Kress used for his interiors for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009). Not the bounced in window lights but the ones used in built sets. Any ideas? Thanks.

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#2 Albion Hockney

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:14 AM

haven't seen the film but looking like just a very soft side key. Probably a book light.


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#3 Haydn Michael John West

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:02 PM

Don't you think the shadow is too dark for it to be a booklight Albion?


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:27 PM

Might be some info in these workshop videos.

 

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop

 

 

 

 


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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 04:08 PM

haven't seen the film but looking like just a very soft side key. Probably a book light.

There are many ways to soften a lamp, what in particular tells you this is a book light?


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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:48 PM

It's just a soft side light with no fill.


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#7 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:49 AM

 

Hello,
 
...Not the bounced in window lights....

Do you have a screen grab of that?
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#8 Albion Hockney

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 09:16 PM

I said prob a book light just because of the wrapping quality and the fall off in the background. Could be a big frame with something like full grid too feels like a book light with neg fill or nothing on the other side though too me.

 

just a guess.


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#9 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 12:58 PM

I said prob a book light just because of the wrapping quality and the fall off in the background. Could be a big frame with something like full grid too feels like a book light with neg fill or nothing on the other side though too me.

 

just a guess.

Looking at the fall off, I'd say the softness is due to it being a largish source and very close to the actors, perhaps just out of frame, rather than large frame further back. Could be a lamp through a 4' frame or even a kino with paper on the doors, but definitely close.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 01:16 PM

Yea agreed. Its for sure just outside of frame looks too big to just be a kino through 4x to me though.


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#11 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

I'd guess that the frame height on that still is less than 3 feet, so a 4' frame just off camera right would be plenty soft.


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#12 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 05:34 PM

I don't think it matters how he got the light to be soft -- bounce, diffused, book-light, etc.  When it comes time to shoot your own project, how you achieve a soft key is going to be dependent on so many factors - space, color temperature, camera movement, power, stop needed, etc.

 

Sometimes I think there comes a point where some students are missing the forest for the trees -- the technical particulars are less important than the general effect and why it was done, especially with a lighting effect that can be achieved many different ways.


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#13 Haydn Michael John West

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:13 PM

Hi guys,

 

Thanks for the input on this subject. I checked out those workshops Tim Tyler. I can't help but be curious about the exact equipment people I admire are using. The process of speculation does lead to new ideas and I do appreciate your support, so thanks again!

 

Haydn


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#14 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 04:39 PM

I don't think it matters how he got the light to be soft

I don't either. It's possible to speculate as to the placement of lamps, but it's generally pointless to make assumptions as to how they were diffused


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