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Adam Jennings July 16th, 2003 04:18 AM

Shooting day for night on DV..
Hi, I'm currently trying to research techniques used when shooting day for night.

I'm shooting my first full-length feature next summer and as a bid to save costs I might shoot day for night.

However, I've never used this technique before and want to find out more about it; specifically:

- are filters required whilst shooting?

- what process does the film have to go through in post to give
the impression of night?

- will it significantly reduce the cost of shooting if I film the night
scenes during the day?

Any help or other comments / feedback on this technique would be much appreciated.


Rob Lohman July 16th, 2003 05:28 AM

A quote from Alex:


The best way to shoot night scenes, that I have found, is to do it right before it gets completely dark outside. Right when the sun sets. At them times, even my little Panasonic DV52 with just 1 1/4" CCD does quite well. I can have the exposure at only +3dB to +6dB (no grain is noticable at that setting) and everything will look pretty good, you can even see the clouds in the sky, and it looks like night
And a thread:

Derrick Begin July 16th, 2003 08:26 AM


Here is a link: http://www.2-pop.com/ubbthreads/show...5&o=93&fpart=1

You also might want to pick up the magazine American Cinematographer that contains an article about "28 Days Later" and the cinematographer's idea of shots of day for night.



Adam Jennings July 16th, 2003 08:39 AM

Cheers for you help guys!

I'll look at both those - I'm in the UK so might be difficult to get hold of the magazine Derrick - but I'll scout around some shops and see waht I can find.

"28 Days Later" rocked, but I was surprised at the lack of a 'Danny Boyle' feel to it! Just didn't really seem like his!


Frank Granovski July 16th, 2003 02:22 PM

The way it's usually done is with blue lighting or a blue filter.

Ron Little July 16th, 2003 02:23 PM

Go to Videomakers web site ....

they have an article on shooting day for night.

Adam Jennings July 16th, 2003 03:07 PM

Thanks for the advice Frank

Ron, what's the url of the videomakers website?

Rob Lohman July 17th, 2003 05:34 AM

Better yet: a link to the exact article

Ron Little July 17th, 2003 09:54 AM

Sorry about the link you have to be a member of club vid to access the article if you are a subscriber your password is in the table of contents. Then just search thru the many helpful tips under lighting.

David Nussbaum July 18th, 2003 12:25 PM

what i did for my scene of day for night was simply white balance on something yellow, then make the iris very dark. it looked VERY sexy, though the sky was still quite light, however it lookd like moonlight, which is what we wanted.

Ron Little July 18th, 2003 02:56 PM

Now that sounds cool.

I am going to have to try that on a scene in a graveyard that I am working on.

Adam Jennings July 22nd, 2003 05:55 AM

Thanks for all your help everyone - I'll let you all know the results!

Rob Lohman July 25th, 2003 07:26 AM

Any results yet?

Tony Beazley July 27th, 2003 10:59 PM

I heard you are to stop down 1 1/2 to 2 stops to get a good night effect shot I would wait and change the contrast and color tint in post.
What was the name of that show on 3 years ago ..Movie Magic ? Had ILM on there alot.Great show it was .Maybe came on AMC or FX.Sure do miss it.


Ron Little July 28th, 2003 10:35 AM

Is that the show were they show you how they make the effects you see in the movies?

I wonder if you can find that show on tape or dvd I would like to see it.

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