lighting a night exterior (5 replies and 5 comments)
Hello Roger and fellow members
I would like to know what's the best way to light a night exterior in an old graveyard where there is supposed to be no lights except the moon light and the front torches of a car . also keeping in mind it's a student film with a small budget so we wont to keep it as light as we can .
It is hard for me to suggest anything as I don't know the space you are talking about or the shots involved. If the space were small I might think about using the car headlights as the only source of light and just boost them with some small Fresnel lamps hidden from camera. But that would depend if the car can be set close enough to the action to justify the light. Creating 'moonlight' over a large area with little or no money is really difficult. However, even a small lamp far away from the action can give you an exposure on a camera, such as the Alexa, capable of shooting at an ASA of 1280 or more.
thanks for the reply .
the budget won't allow me to shoot on the alexa , i am probably going to shoot on the black magic pocket 4k , so do you think if i get a lens that can open up to to 1.4 i will get an exposure with a small lamp ?
Seeing as this is a student production, I am going to assume that generators are out of the question. One option you might have for the moon is the BargerLite. It's basically 6 x 650w bulbs which are powered with 3 Edison plugs (house power). You can also attach a Chimera to it to create a larger soft source. If you wanted a more modern approach, I would probably look into something like the Aputure 300Dii. I hope this helps!
P.S. Be sure to power the BargerLite with 3 different legs so you don't overload the circuit.
thanks . i will be sure to test those especially the aputure 300Dii since it runs off of V-mount batteries
One of the brightest lights under 20A (barely) is a 1.8K HMI. But where are you even going to plug into a wall socket in the middle of a cemetery at night?
I suppose I was thinking of our local cemetery which has an "information center" of sorts which has power. If their location does not, then that is where the Aputure 300d would come handy since it runs off of V-Mount batteries.
yea i am not sure if the location has any power source , but it probably doesn't so i will try the aputure 300D
This reminds me of a scene from the Coens’ Blood Simple, where a character is buried in a field at night. It could be a source of inspiration for you given they were also very limited in their budget when making it (according to their commentary) and a similar lighting situation.
I’ll attach a frame to look at, only real sources are the car headlights and moonlight in the scene if I remember right.
thanks for the reference !