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#1 Daniel Kedem

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 12:13 PM

Looking for some ideas regarding lighting this setup -

Night time. Beach. No lights but what I bring. Dance party (from hell - as the dir. calls it). About 75-100 people on a 30ft strip between cliff and water. Surrounded by torches. 2 main characters walk through the party. Then some fighting in the middle. Bar at one end, DJ at another.

Shooting 7218.

Have been thinking about 3 bars with 6 par cans on each at three corners. Bar lit with flourescents. Some light spill from bar and DJ. Pars on cliff as well, combined with elements of fire. Mercury spot light to hit water through breakwave and small setup of 6*6 griff with red head for static fill and tungsten sun gun in movement.

Would love to hear some suggestions and ideas.

Thanks,

Daniel Kedem
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#2 Glenn Hanns

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 12:11 AM

Do you have any wide shots of the entire party scene?
That will be your hardest thing to pull off. If your going with mid to close for most of the scene try a low level blue soft light as your rim on the actors to separate them from the background which might be completely black in some shots because you might not have enough to light the ocean behind. Use your flame torches as much as possible for your motivation lighting on actors. Maybe carry a flame bar near the actors as you walk along with them. Or let them go in and out of darkness as they pass the torches and or bars. You could even try to flash the film 5-10% with a blue light making your black bluish and reducing the contrast. Natural looking nighttime light is very low con unless there is a strong source such as a street lamp/car light/building lights etc in the shot.
Just a few thought not trying to tell you what to do.
Cheers G.
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#3 Dimitrios Koukas

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:55 PM

Hello there,
I would be probably using 6k cinepars thru a wide softening material, somewhere in 3/4 for backlight, but really high, a crane would be great, and really far away from the scene, but for this u need something in the water!
Another solution is the helion balloons, that provide soft light and are good for large areas.Also very good for backlights from high above.
Your thoughts about the set up looks really good, and as long it's in the budget go for it!
U need to replicate ambient light mostly, so the light of the torches will stay strong and not washed out form big sources.
Do u have any shots that u will need more than 25fps?
That might be tricky.
What film stock u re using? or it's video?
Regards
Dimitrios Koukas
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