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Hail Caesar - Universal Pictures

Hail Caesar – Universal Pictures

 

HAIL CAESAR – MERRILY WE DANCE
Looking at Lighting

A number of sets that appear in ‘Hail Caesar’ were seen from the outside and the lighting equipment therefore had to be period realistic. We searched a number of Hollywood rental companies to obtain lamps that we could use in picture and some of these we adapted to work with more contemporary bulbs.

Period Lamps plan

Period Lamps plan

 

Included here is a rough sketch of the set, which includes a list of the lamps we had available to us. A second diagram maps the position of the green beds we hung over the set, which also had to be period correct, as well as the lighting units that were driving the look of the image.

Light Positions

Light Positions

 

Most often the units doing the actual lighting were 10K or 5K Fresnel lights and, luckily for me, these are visually very similar now to the time in which the film is set. There were a number of additional lamps rigged to the green beds but these were mainly to add complexity to the picture rather than to affect the actual lighting of the set. They did add some softening but, for the most part, these lamps were dimmed down or held low wattage globes.

Shot with the crew of Merrily we Dance

Shot with the crew of Merrily We Dance

 

Set pre-light image

Set pre-light image

 

Frozen extras

Frozen extras

 

 

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