I have been reading up about lighting etc. for a while now, ever since Mr Mullen helped me out with my first set of questions on studentfilmmakers.com. I am not a cinematographer or anything, I'm 16 (I want to do directing) however, since there is nobody around to help me light for my films, I have to do it by myself.
I have been thinking about the 'light through window' effect for a while and tried to look around about how to go about doing it, however I'm still not clear about it. Attatched is a still from the "last samurai" (Sorry couldn't find a bigger one, I took this out of the web trailer) and shows what I would like to achieve. As you can see you can see the 'edges' of the light, so it sort of looks like a soft, spot-ish light coming through the window.
I'd like to rent a few lights and play around with them, but I don't have a lot of money (as a student) so it would be nice if someone could point me in the right direction. Where do I put the light? Just outside the window? won't that be too harsh and bright, and cause lots of reflections everywhere? Let's say I wanted to capture the same 'feel' the last samurai screen has.
I read about using an HMI or something, but I'm not sure. Also if I were doing this at night, what would I need to do? I guess I'd have to gel the light with a CTB gel (am I right?). But on a very low budget would I need anything else? like reflectors or anything, or fill lights? I would be wanting a sort of spooky, moonlight feel (at night).
Let's pretend this is a smallish bedroom. Keep in mind I don't have any generators or anything and anything I plug in would be into a standard household socket.
----------------------------- --------window here------- / \ / \ / light here \ ------------------------------
I also read I'd need to use some fog or 'diffusion?'. I found a product called 'diffusion in a can'. Is this okay instead of using a fog machine?
Wellington, New Zealand
Edited by Chris Hurn, 19 July 2005 - 09:00 PM.