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Hello Mr. Deakins and all the cinematographers over this forum! I hope you Mr. Deakins and Mrs. James are well, I saw on Instagram the pictures of your visit and masterclass on NFTS, I guess it was fantastic for all the people that were there.
I would like to ask you, if it is possible and if this doesn’t bore you, some “lighting questions” about ‘Empire of Light’, maybe in different forum topics in order to avoid confusion and maybe be better found in the search tool in the future.
In this first post, I would like to ask you, about your lighting for the Stephen’s House. The first time the house appears on screen, in the wide shot (I attached stills below) the house seems to have the ‘main light’ from the ceiling fixtures above the sofa.
It is the only light that “lit” that space or there was something behind the fixture that ‘washed’ the curtains and the window?
At first look, seems to me that the fixture (wisely chosen to be omnidirectional) is the only light in the space but later in the film, when the house appears again on screen (during a dinner – I attach stills) the same fixture seems to have less “power” in the environment and becoming a light for the background area rather than a “main light” (which this time is the one placed on the table).
It was only a matter of balancing and dimming fixtures for the different scenes to ‘shape’ spaces according to the frames?
The last question, which is maybe an advice request. When you read a script and notice that an environment (this case a small house) is present in the story more than once time and with different actions, how do you approach the arrangement of elements that are involved in the story and that should stay in the same position for all the scenes (in this case the sofa, the table but in some cases a lot of different spots) and than the practical lighting placement/position for the mood/look you are after in each scene and frames.
As always I failed to be brief and concise, but as usual, I get excited to ask you so many things.
I want to thank you in advance for your time and apologize for my bad English.
I wish you a peaceful day.
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