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#1 Laffrey Witbrod

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:47 PM

I have a film coming up where I want to do a birds eye shot of two people laying in a bed looking at each other. It should feel dark and we are not going to have the practicals on next to the bed. I would love to hear your guises thoughts on ideas for lighting the scene or examples of shots like this that you like.

 

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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 03:27 PM

Here's a similar shot I did for a web series a few years ago.

 

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We did use a practical to motivate the lighting, however I had art get a red bedsheet and we wrapped it around the lampshade to get a softer quality and add color. The girl in our story was supposed to be a floozy, so the red color was thematic. We added a white card on the wall on frame left and pounded a 420w fresnel into it with some flame red gel to augment the practical. Focal length was 14mm.


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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 03:40 PM

One thing I'll often to is throw a Kino up close to the ceiling to bounce off and give an overall ambience-- blue for moon-- though I hate that color-- and from there use something smaller, maybe even a Kino 2' single to model a bit and give some definition-- often through something like opal to soften her a bit (2x3 thereof) just off of screen.


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#4 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 07:46 AM

+1 to Adrian's approach.

 

My starting point for a 'nighttime ambience' is always to simply bounce a daylight fixture off the ceiling or a corner of the room, see how that falls and then tweak from there.

 

Here's a recent scene I lit using that simple technique:

 

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#5 Laffrey Witbrod

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 04:29 AM

Thanks for the thoughts and examples, the shoot went really well.


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