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Next month I’m filming a short film, it’ll be shot in black and white.
The director don’t want any coverage, he prefers the shot to linger and move throughout the room without cuts. I like the idea, but it makes it harder to light the room. Basically in the scene it’s day and they will be moving from one part of the room close to the windows, to the other part of the room, away from the windows. We don’t have much space outside at all so we can’t get much distance from the windows. All the walls are white as well which makes it really hard to create some meaningful contrast.
I want to try and set dress the walls we will be seeing so they at least have some things on the wall, not just huge white spaces. The wall on the other part of the room behind the camera that wont be seen I figured we will cover with black molton. I just wonder how I can maintain light levels in this room and still create contrast when the walls are white and we’re shooting in black and white?
The fall-off from the windows will be dramatic because we only have like two meters from the windows to place our lights. Because we have about 4 meters from the window to the ground I was thinking maybe diffusing the windows and rigging mirrors outside, then having a 4k HMI light the mirrors from below on a turtlebase as to get some more distance and making the fall-off less severe.
Would love some suggestions to try and make this scene more interesting? I’ve read Rogers lighting articles about “The Man Who Wasn’t There” to get some inspiration on how to shoot black and white on locations such as these but I feel like there wasn’t much similarities between them.
Needless to say, the logistics capabilities of a large Hollywood production in the US are far greater than a shoestring budget in Sweden haha!
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