I DP’d this TV show Main-Title for the FYI Network. LOW BUDGET where most of it went to the animation.
We had a sidewalk permit that did NOT allow for any lights or massive silks. Not sure if it would have done much anyways as the talent were walking for so long.
How could I have done this differently if I had a decent budget and permits that allowed G&E setup?
Normally, I would probably shoot it on the shadow side of the street or back, but because of the long walk it was impossible (at least with our budget) to bring the talent up a few stops to match the bright background which would have been blown.
We tried it backlit a few takes, but once again, since it was such a long walking shot, it was really difficult to keep a good bounce on the two guys to bring them up a bit.
So we decided to just shoot it with the sun about 3/4 off to camera left and they almost front lit, which I thought was the best choice for our circumstances. We did have the gaffer hold and walk with a bounce to fill in under their chins a bit, but that was it.
I’d like to know what you guys think and how you would approach it? Since it was such a long walk / take, is there anything I could have done different if we had a real budget?
• Like shoot it backlit with major HMIs and bounces?
• Or shadow side with massive HMIs and a massive bounce?
Or does the long walk just kill all those ideas?
Trying to figure out how to make a shot like this better in the future if I had a decent budget and permits.
Edited by Gene Sung, 02 March 2016 - 07:20 PM.