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How was this scene from Sicario lit? (5 replies and 3 comments)

Vigsod
2 months ago
Vigsod 2 months ago

After talking about it on the podcast I looked up the scene again and found the simplicity of the scene inspiring, because it was lit in a very interesting way. The way in which the light hits the side of Benicio's face, only creating contours around his face and left eye really sets the mood for the scene. I was wondering how it was lit, although it looks simple I can imagine it isn't. Are you using a bounce and how are you directing it to create the contours of Benicio's face?

 

 

Vigsod
2 months ago
Vigsod 2 months ago

Here's the shot in question.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/lastkaj.jpg
Vigsod
2 months ago
Vigsod 2 months ago

And I'd also like to ask, when lighting this scene do you let Benicio's dark side go all black or do you fill that side up enough so that the detail is there and then crush it in post?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

The shot was lit he way you see it as I don't ever 'crush' an image in post. There was a fluorescent practical in the kitchen and I used a matching fixture to bounce light on the wall to the right of camera. I probably had a cut set against the wall to stop that bounce from filling the back of the shot.

Vigsod
2 months ago

Thanks Roger, I think I kind of get it. I have to excuse myself because the terminology gets a bit lost in me. I'm still a film student and I'm from Sweden so the words are not exactly the same where I'm from. What do you mean by "matching fixture" and "cut set" in this context?

Stefan Vrachev
1 month ago

I am so happy to hear that. I also try to shoot the way it ends, without "crushing" in post or whatever. This just helps me being more confident since I had an ocasion where was asked "Are you shure to shoot that dark? Don't you want to secure yourself and darken in post?" I replied "No. The way we do it now is gonna be the end result. "

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

The cut was a flag set at 90º to the wall, which stopped the bounce lighting the back of the shot. By 'matching fixture' I was referring to a second florescent that I used as a bounce source.

Vigsod
2 months ago

Ohh right, then I understand. Thank you for sharing!

I love listening to your podcasts and I learn a lot from the lighting section here on your website. There's something about seeing how you lit it and comparing it to the final shot that really makes things click, at least for me. I hope you continue posting lighting setups on here!

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

OK! Thanks!

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