Lighting for A Conversation (2 replies and 2 comments)
Hello Mr. Deakins,
When shooting a simple shot, reverse shot for a scene where two people are talking, do you light both actors before filming?
Or, do you light one actor, shoot all their takes then break everything down and light for the second actor?
Thank you! Looking forward to any advice to can share.
That would depend on the situation. I will most often light the space and set the mood with an overall lighting scheme that takes account of the positions in which the actors will be. Maybe I will alter that lighting for a close shot but it will always be a minimal adjustment to the overall effect. For instance, I may add a little more 'wrap' so as to get light in the off camera eye or something like that, nothing that would demand a huge amount of time to set up or break down.
Thank you, Roger! That is greatly appreciated.
If you have the time, I'd like to ask for one more word of advice...
For the last 7 months, my brothers and I have been shooting and directing short comedy films for Kevin James' YouTube channel. Thankfully, we were able to quarantine with him and still work throughout the height of Covid-19!
Because of our work with Kevin, we have been given the opportunity to direct our first feature film!
You've been a great source of inspiration for us over the years, so if you have any advice on what to expect for our first feature, that would be greatly appreciated!
Here is a link to Kevin's channel, if you'd like to take a look!
Wow, I must have been living under a rock. Amazing short films. I saw three right now. From Sound Guy series, Inception. I Am Legend, and Good Will Hunting. Funny as hell and so well edited and shot.
Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed them. We’ve been having a lots of fun shooting with Kevin!