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BR ring of lights Technical question. (4 replies and 2 comments)

Mike
1 year ago
Mike 1 year ago

Roger,

I hope you do not mind but I have a two part question.

That large ring of lights in photo, how did you calculate how many bulbs were needed for this rig also was it designed to be used in other scenes too or perhaps another movie.

Also was this scene shot over an existing water tank in a stage or purpose made for that particular shot.

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Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

Everything was purpose built, both the set and the two ring lights. The rings, with 30' and 20' diameters, were rigged with 283 Betweenies and not household bulbs. I set the diameter I wanted for the rings and then I calculated the number of lights I would need, given that they would only be inches apart. I forget the actual spacing but there was less than 2" between each lamp yoke, so that I would not read multiple shadows.

I guess we haven't posted these diagrams yet! Will do shortly.

Mike
1 year ago

Thankyou Roger for that. I have a feeling this was discussed before but could not track it down. So assume also that the water tank was purpose built as per your specs and not over an existing tank below a sound stage. Actually not sure where you filmed it.

Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

Tomorrow we hope to be posting a breakdown of the lighting for this set.

Mike
1 year ago

Thankyou Roger, will look forward to seeing it.

Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

The diagrams went up yesterday for this rig. Everything was purpose built in Budapest; the set, the water tank as well as the lighting trusses.

TSHolen
4 weeks ago
TSHolen 4 weeks ago

Hi Roger, I was wondering if I could ask a follow up question about this. When determining the spacing of these lights as well as similar rigs with household bulbs, is there a formula one can use to determine how close the lights need to be to avoid double shadows, or is it more of a play-by-eye situation?

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