Jump to content


Photo

shooting film at night


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 jarredking

jarredking

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Student

Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:26 PM

I am planning on shooting at night in a rural setting. Because I'm shooting on film, I need to light it. Any suggestions for portable lighting? I also plan on shooting a long shot, which would expose my lights etc. ANy ideas for lighting from a distance at night? Any help is very appreciated!
  • 0

#2 David Mullen ASC

David Mullen ASC
  • Sustaining Members
  • 19765 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles

Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:43 PM

There's no low-budget solution to this -- either you can afford to light very large distances at night or you can't. It's just a matter of using really powerful lights way up in the air to simulate "moonlight", or creating pools of light from streetlamps that you've rigged brighter fixtures to, or have hidden them behind, or have them shining from directly above from a crane (and each streetlamp would need its own crane.)

There's a reason why low-budget films don't have wide shots at night in the middle of nowhere that are lit-up. Even an 18K HMI on a 100' Condor would only get you enough exposure for one street block's worth of distance.
  • 0

#3 jarredking

jarredking

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Student

Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:45 PM

back to the drawing board. thanks so much for the advice. JK



There's no low-budget solution to this -- either you can afford to light very large distances at night or you can't.  It's just a matter of using really powerful lights way up in the air to simulate "moonlight", or creating pools of light from streetlamps that you've rigged brighter fixtures to, or have hidden them behind, or have them shining from directly above from a crane (and each streetlamp would need its own crane.)

There's a reason why low-budget films don't have wide shots at night in the middle of nowhere that are lit-up.  Even an 18K HMI on a 100' Condor would only get you enough exposure for one street block's worth of distance.

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>


  • 0

#4 Alvin Pingol

Alvin Pingol
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 677 posts
  • Student
  • California

Posted 24 June 2005 - 07:17 PM

Consider Day-for-Night photography.
  • 0


Ritter Battery

FJS International, LLC

Broadcast Solutions Inc

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Technodolly

Willys Widgets

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

CineLab

Abel Cine

CineTape

Tai Audio

rebotnix Technologies

Visual Products

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Opal

Glidecam

Paralinx LLC

Aerial Filmworks

Wooden Camera

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Rig Wheels Passport

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Abel Cine

Paralinx LLC

Glidecam

Ritter Battery

Visual Products

Aerial Filmworks

Metropolis Post

CineLab

Opal

The Slider

CineTape

Technodolly

rebotnix Technologies

Willys Widgets

Tai Audio

FJS International, LLC