First off, this website has been a great asset to me and I’m very grateful to everyone I’ve learned from by reading threads.
So I have a commercial shoot coming up and one of the scenes has me thinking a little.
I have to light part of an indoor ice hockey rink. I say “part of” because we only are going to be utilizing half of the ice.
I’m attaching a few pictures of the location.
The look I’m going for is a soft top light over the ice that quickly falls off into darkness. The ideal to achieve that would be if I could afford to have a heavily skirted balloon light right over where the action is taking place. Then I could get a nice soft top light (with some upward bounce from the ice) that falls off from what’s outside the boards.
Seeing as I won’t have that luxury, I’ve been thinking of different ways of achieving that look in other ways. This is where I’m looking to anyone here for any kind of advice.
One of the techniques for emulating that soft top source that I thought about is having a couple 1600w HMI’s just off to the side of the rink (on the other side of the boards) shooting up into a bounce source (possibly a large piece of ultrabounce that we rig up to the ceiling). I’d have an additional HMI on the ground creating a consistent edge/backlight to the subject on the ice.
Would this work? I’m worried that two 1600w HMI’s up into the bounce source might not be enough coming back down onto the ice. The only other way of somewhat achieving the look I’m going for is by seeing what I can do with the house lights, which I’ll see about once I location scout. The main thing I’m worried about using the house lights is the potential flicker for when we’re going to be doing a couple high speed shots. But I’ll see if that’ll be an issue when I scout.