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#1 Brett Allbritton

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 07:04 PM

Hey everybody,

I have a short film shoot coming up soon that's becoming quite a challenge. I've attached a rough floor plan for reference. Hopefully, soon I'll be able to go in and get actual measurements of the room. Basically, the scene is about a couple in their bedroom at night. The director wants a warm, somewhat dim look. The scene from Sicario when Jon Bernthal's character attacks Emily Blunt comes to mind, though far less of a silhouette.

We'll be doing some tests later this week and possibly rearranging some furniture, but this is what I know so far: The scene must be done in one continuous take, meaning I will have to follow the actors as they move around the room from the vantage point of the camera near the corner. At various times throughout the scene, the actors will need to be at the mirror, the closet (it's a long closet with sliding doors. I'll be getting a profile shot of one of the actors looking into it at the spot I currently have them pictured at here), and going out into the hallway.

With so much of the room being shot, and with the room being fairly cramped, I'm very worried about how I'm going to be able to light it and yet still manage to hide everything from the camera.

My current idea is to rig up a wall spreader with two diffused lights (I'm thinking two 420w Peppers) aimed in the direction of my actors to imitate the glow of the lamps behind them. Then I'll set up a light in the closet to provide a little bit of fill, thus suggesting another practical source within the closet, but I'm honestly not sure how good this will look, hence why I'm planning to do some tests later this week. I feel like this is going to be pretty challenging, so I'd be very thankful to hear whatever thoughts or advice you guys might have.


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#2 Brett Allbritton

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:36 PM

Oops, I guess I forgot the floor plan. Here you go.

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#3 Giacomo Girolamo

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 01:58 PM

Please, upload the reference pictures you want to show us. I've watched the movie you referenced, but  maybe another ones don't.

 

You can use a chinese paper ball lamp (I don't know how they name it in english) and moving near the talents, follow them at the same distance. Take care you don't have spills on the walls, use black wrap to avoid this.


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#4 Bruce Greene

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:46 AM

I would concentrate on the color of the walls. If they are white in a small room... you maybe doomed. Paunting then to a medium or darker tone would be my first priority.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:50 AM

I meant painting of course...
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