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#1 Sava Silin

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 04:30 PM

Hi guys, I have couple questions about lighting in David Fincher's films, although you can find such lighting in tons of other films too. 

 

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I'm talking about this lighting from above. First of all, what lights do you thinks he uses and what makes them so soft? Is it just soft box and diffuser or something else?

And second, how do you attach lights to the ceiling? Is there any special rig that you can buy that you can attach light to? I know that sometimes its just practical light on location, but what if I actually want to attach my light to the ceiling, without using any c-stands. 

 

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:42 PM

Some ceilings have convenient pipes or beams that can be rigged to, otherwise, if there is a drop ceiling, there might be something behind a panel that can be rigged to.  Or if the light is lightweight enough, like a LiteMat 2L or a 4' 2-bank or single-bank Kino, you might be able to use a piece of wood that spans the gap in a drop ceiling with the panel removed, with a baby spud nail-on plate attached to the piece of wood, and grip clamps to hold the wood strip in place at each end.  Or use paper lanterns.  Or rig a white card at an angle to the ceiling and hit it with a Source-4 Leko on a stand off-camera for a bounce light.

 

You can also use wall spreaders span a ceiling with a plank of wood or piece of pipe for rigging, or a goalpost rig of two big stands at each end of the space just outside the view of the lens, with a pipe between them.  Or a "menace arm" rig, which is one big stand with a pipe extended from it with a lamp at the end of it, properly counterbalanced and weighted, etc.

 

Any of these rigs requires good grips to rig safely and should use safety chains and lines to keep anything from falling down on people by accident.


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 07:18 PM

I've heard quite a few tales recently about people just getting LED sticky strip (presumably the good, expensive stuff from Litegear) and sticking it to things. At least twice people have mentioned using the black corrugated plastic sheets that are used to protect location floors. It's so light it can practically be held up with duct tape and if it falls on anyone it's not going to do any serious damage.

 

You'd need a lot of it to do the top example, but the bottom example could well be something like that. It's not necessarily a low cost approach as LED strip of sufficient quality that you'd want to key a scene with it is not very cheap and you would need a lot of it to achieve any significant output, but this sort of thing is increasingly being done.

 

A formalised version of that is something like Aladdin's Fabric Light, which is designed to be rigged into a frame like a diffusion panel but could be used similarly.


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#4 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 11:09 PM

Flexible LED panels are brilliant for this sort of thing, as you can rig them from the ceiling with nothing more complicated than gaffer tape and string if you want to.
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