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Lighting continuity (2 replies)

Lupoter
1 month ago
Lupoter 1 month ago

Hello Roger and everyone else,

I have a question regarding lighting continuity at locations with limited space, when it's difficult to just set up one lighting for all the shots in the scene.

I will shoot a short in a few weeks and there's one night scene in a small bedroom. Because it's a no-budget production, we cannot build everything on stage, so we have to shoot on location. Because of the limited space we could light everything "realistic" with just a few light sources and trying to mostly light from practicals, or we have to change the light setting in each shot. Because it's a night scene, it would be better for the composition to light it artificially, although that could cause continuity issues. For example i would like to light the character in the bed with a quiet harsh gap of moonlight, which could come from a window, but because of the architecture of the room, there is no window at this place, and in the next shot you would see it. So how would you approach this problem? Would you try to get the best compromise to not cause such issues or would you accept the eventually occuring incontinuities for the better composition?

Thank you in advance!

Greetings from Germany

dmullenasc
1 month ago
dmullenasc 1 month ago

Can you dress another room that has a window to be a bedroom so you can establish where the moonlight is coming from?  Or can you at least put a false window and wall inside the room that has no windows? Even just hanging some sheers from a rod along the blank wall with black on the wall, and enough of a gap to glow the sheers dimly with a LED strip or something at least would establish where your moonlight could be coming from even if the actual slash comes from a unit rigged above the frame inside the room.

On my first feature, very low-budget, I had a location for a number of scenes over the course of a few days that would be impossible to light both for day and night easily... I ran into Allen Daviau, ASC on the streets of Hollywood and asked him what I should do and he said "find a better location".  So I went to the production and explained all the problems we'd have dealing with the location they found and they found a better location!

Lupoter
1 month ago
Lupoter 1 month ago

Thank's for your answer!

There is an unused door in the room, so I think I will put then a curtain in front so that it looks like a bigger window or french window. Then I can place the light on the other side... Changing the location is no alternative for us, it matches perfectly the needs of our script, just the lighting in this one room is a bit difficult.

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