lighting for short film at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Photon Management

Photon Management
Shine an ever-loving light on you.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 6th, 2015, 03:10 AM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Central Coast - NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,460
lighting for short film

I ran some quick test for a short we are shooting in Jan

the story involves 2 women talking on a park bench, it's midnight new years eve.

I'm thinking about establishing either a street lamp and candles that the mother lights while waiting for the fireworks. the other options are a full moon with or without the candles.

I tried for the fireworks by projecting directly on the face but that of course didn't work at all so I'm trying another idea which should work.

Just wondering if anyone has any comments or ideas that may help the overall look.
Cheers - Paul M. :
Paul Mailath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 8th, 2015, 05:44 AM   #2
Vortex Media
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,664
Re: lighting for short film

Just a couple of quick thoughts.

The constant flickering is really annoying.
It's all underexposed.
The whole scene needs more ambient light from big soft sources before you even think of lighting the talent's faces.
No matter what you ultimately end up using as a key, you still need some back light and/or kickers to separate the talent from the foliage.
At 1:14 you are getting closer, but you can't make this look good with just a single source of light.
Vortex Media
Sony FS7, F55, and XDCAM training videos, field guides, and other production tools
Doug Jensen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 8th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #3
Regular Crew
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Champaign, IL
Posts: 41
Re: lighting for short film

Your "candle" light flickers much more rapidly and deeply than a real candle. It looks more like the light from a bonfire in your example. It would be more convincing if you would back off a great deal on the effect and maybe warm up the color some more.

- Greg
Greg Smith is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Photon Management

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:40 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2018 The Digital Video Information Network