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#1 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 01:06 AM

 

Would love to know how they lit this, its a scene from an Indian film called Bajirao Mastani. 

Somehow in the wides where you can see the ceiling and even in lower shots where you can see a reflective floor you can never see the lights ? Any idea how they might have done it ?

 


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 01:52 AM

I can only guess... in that really wide shot at 1:08, there is a soft top light over the center -- the trickier part isn't figuring out the light on the people, it's the uplighting on the second floor arches, as if were lit from the glow of the candelabra floor lamps. I think there are a lot of hidden strip lights (maybe LED strips) all around to uplight the ceilings and arches.

 

As for the center soft top lighting, it changes from shot to shot, sometimes only the back row of dancers are top-lit and the foreground is light with another lower light.  So I'm going to make a guess and say that the set was lit with a ring of hanging space lights, and then the center of the ring is filled with another space light, or a couple, all probably skirted, and they are turning some off and on depending on the shot (and raising and lowering them.)

 

It's possible that they are using a balloon light for the center overhead so that they can drag it around, lowering it for the closer shots so that it is just over the lens.

 

If you're not sure what a space light is, search under "6K space light" -- here is one page with a photo of some:

 

http://s3-media3.ak....ynyGnIGcg/l.jpg

 

But I'm just guessing.


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#3 Aravinnd Singh

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 03:08 AM

Here is the making video of that song. Hope it helps too :)


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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:40 AM

Looks like they have a ring of lamps with Chimeras circling the ceiling that they sometimes either pull off the Chimera on a couple for a harder backlight or use a bigger lamp with a bigger Chimera for a backlight.
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#5 JB Earl

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:22 PM

Thanks for posting this.  I'm a fan of the Bollywood 'epic' musicals and I've not seen much discussion about them.  


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#6 Joseph Tejeda

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 10:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful.


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#7 JB Earl

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:45 PM

here's a another good BTS.  I really want to see this movie


Edited by JB Earl, 24 February 2016 - 03:45 PM.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:34 AM

I don't know what this is, but I find that song amazing!


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#9 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 11:51 AM

Thanks for posting this.  I'm a fan of the Bollywood 'epic' musicals and I've not seen much discussion about them.  

 

We hardly make epic musicals anymore but this director in particular makes nothing else but them and he makes them well. 


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#10 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 12:08 PM

I don't know what this is, but I find that song amazing!

Fun Fact - The director of the film is also the composer of the score of the movie.


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#11 JB Earl

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 12:31 PM

Do you think there is an overall trend to more western style? For example the Dhoom series
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#12 John E Clark

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 01:40 AM

Fairly 'big light' sort of situation... top light in many shots, at 0:53 or so, you can see a large softbox way up high, with a large flag to cut the soft box from illumating the people in the second floor archways, but does give the soft light to the talent on the floor.

 

Lighting also seems to change, so the setup above may have just been for a portion of the sequence.


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#13 Kurtis Myers

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 07:13 PM

Well this is incredibly pleasing on my eyeballs...


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#14 Aravinnd Singh

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:05 AM

@JB Earl... Not really. Indian cinema is very diversified. Indian cinema is not just about 'Bollywood'.. There are other two major industries based from India. Kollywood and Tollywood.. Both produce amazing films that are deep rooted with its culture. and to answer your question about western style and dhoom. Not really! Dhoom was just one such series. People love watching films that are more related to our culture and emotions with hollywood style making. We dont prefer western style indian movies because we always had access to Hollywood films. Hollywood films have a huge audience here....(P.S. 20th century fox, walt disney, warner has produced indian films here )..We have really evolved in terms of making. But ofcourse we cannot afford the budgets Hollywood action movies can, simply because of the language. We can only cater to the indian diaspora, Unlike Hollywood whose films are made in english which the whole world follows :)...

well yes coming back to the film we were discussing. You should definitely watch the film. Its pure poetic film. rich with its visuals. im sure you would love it as much as i did. 

 

Here is the official trailer of the film.


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