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#1 Charlie Manton_68324

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:35 PM

Hi!

 

Just seen 'Next Floor' shot by Nicolas Bolduc.

 

Interested to hear how you guys think it was lit...?

 

Is the main source/the chandelier fluorescents???

 

Thanks!

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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 02:01 PM

It certainly looks like the chandelier is the main light source in the wide shot. It's possible that they may have turned it off and augmented it with an overhead soft light in the tighter shots. Or simply softened it more with diffusion.
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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:28 PM

You think they're fluorescent bulbs in the chandelier???


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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 06:12 PM

Why would you think that? There certainly do not appear to be any fluorescents in the wide shot.
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Posted 27 March 2017 - 07:07 PM

I think he is referring to the color temperature ..as it "looks" like florrie lighting rather than warm tungsten from the practical ..  ? But that could be done in post.. otherwise I dont understand the question either..


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#6 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:27 PM

Ah, I see. That's easily done with digital color grading. This cold cyan look was quite popular after 'The Matrix' was released, I guess they were inspired by that film?

You can reverse engineer the grade by pulling the stills into Photoshop and taking note of which Color Balance corrections it takes to get back to a 'normal' looking image. I think you'll find that adding red+yellow to the highlights (or conversely, subtracting cyan+blue) will result in the white jackets appearing 'white' and fleshtones appearing a more normal pinkish-orange. The light source will then appear more like tungsten, as it probably was on set.
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#7 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:50 PM

Here's what I mean:

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I just did these on my phone very quickly with the Mill Color app, just subtracting green and blue from the highlights and midtones. It would be even simpler to do and look much better if done in a proper color grading app like Resolve. But I think this should give you an idea of how powerful and emotionally effective even very simple color grading can be.
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