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#1 Anthony Liu

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 02:47 AM

Hey guys! I'm having a shoot this coming Saturday and I was wondering if anybody can educate me on how theyt got the midnight blue lighting for outside the window at the back of the grandpa's head. it seems like they used blue gels, but it also feels like it has a slight magneta shift as well. Does anybody know? Is this some type of old style lighting they used back then if so, what kind of lights and at what distance you think it is from the window?

 

This reference photo is from Ang Lee's first feature called "Pushing Hands". Thanks a bunch!

 

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P.S. I guess the attachment limit is 300KB, can you guys see the picture fine? Thanks.

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#2 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:22 AM

Just link the Youtube video, the image is tiny.


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#3 Anthony Liu

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 01:11 PM

Cool, thanks for the suggestion Macks!

 

 

the scene begins at 2:25

 

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#4 Levin Liebig

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:37 PM

Hello Anthony Liu.

There're lots of different gels available. Some of them with a blue-magenta tint. Also it is possible to use more than one gel on a light. Which gels they used exactly, is hard to tell. If you want to go for a specific look take a camera and try different gels and combination of gels.

Be aware that some effect gels might look absolutely fine with your eyes but not on the sensor/film material.

 
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#5 Samuel Berger

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

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It looks to be hitting a tree outside.

 

This other shot shows me he likes blue lights.

 

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#6 Anthony Liu

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 04:57 PM

Thanks Samuel! How can you tell the light is hitting a tree on the first image you posted, is it the pattern that is behind the head of the father/grandpa? I can see it more on the second image cause there are some cast shadows right on the left side of the character Martha. Thanks.


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#7 Anthony Liu

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:01 PM

Thanks Levin! That is great to know! 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

Thanks Samuel! How can you tell the light is hitting a tree on the first image you posted, is it the pattern that is behind the head of the father/grandpa? I can see it more on the second image cause there are some cast shadows right on the left side of the character Martha. Thanks.

 

It's clearly a tree outside. From another angle you can see foliage from a different plant.

 

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#9 Edward Lawrence Conley III

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 06:45 PM

I think it's just ambient daylight/evening light using Tungsten film. Could be HMI to fill in through the windows.

Look how blue the opening scene is but the porch light is "correct" color temp.


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#10 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:02 PM

Ambient light..? its the night surely.. seems lit to me..the scenes the OP is referring to anyway.. you can see light hitting that tree /leaves.. then later ext shot the whole side of the house is lit up.. a bit cheesy blue for me personally ..


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#11 Samuel Berger

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:05 PM

There's a good chance that the light was also used here.

 

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And here.

 

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#12 Seth Baldwin

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 09:53 PM

Rosco 74 or 72 will be the gels you're looking for, 74 is the closest to moonlight while 72 is a colder blue for a brighter moonlight look


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