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Hail Ceaser Lighting (3 replies)

JesseAragon
4 years ago
JesseAragon 4 years ago

Roger,

Congrats on Hail Ceaser! I was wondering if the lamps seen up on the rafters in some of the studio scenes where actually playing on the reverse, specifically in the scene with Eddie and DeeAnna, I thought the effect was quite great! 

Also if you could elaborate on your approach to lighting some of the studio scenes, did you reference any films in particular for that particular time period?

cheers

Roger Deakins
4 years ago
Roger Deakins 4 years ago

The lights you see up on the green beds were lighting the set as well the action around the set. I had to light with that in mind as there was not the time to do anything else, even had I wanted to.

I certainly referenced films from the period; such as 'The Bible' and Quo Vadis', Gene Kelly musicals, westerns from the 50s and Ester William's films, but it was never the intention to specifically reproduce shots or lighting. It was important that the sets looked authentic so we used lamps that fit the period and we used direct lighting because that was all that was used in the period. When you see a wide shot of a set you see all the lighting and there is no bounce or diffusion. You see lamps hanging on sash suspended over a set to put a highlight on a wall and this was something we reproduced from photographs of the period. 

vishalvittal26
2 weeks ago
vishalvittal26 2 weeks ago

Dear Roger,

Thank you for the feedback, I am doing a film about the film industry and looking at different approaches used to recreate that era.

I have some questions about it,

What was your approach while using such hard lighting that also act as set practicals? Did you diffuse them on shots where you didnt see them in frame?
Did you at any point feel like you were not true to the original while changing the lighting or adapting to modern audience?

Thanks 🙂

vishalvittal26
2 weeks ago
vishalvittal26 2 weeks ago

specially in these scenes

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Screenshot-2019-11-07-at-7.47.25-PM.png
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