Lighting Hermosa Beach Night Scene (1 reply and 1 comment)
It's always a pleasure seeing your work, listening to your podcast, and reading your lighting literature. I'm a DP here in LA. Tasked to shoot a night scene in Hermosa Beach. Where I'm tracking two characters, in a med shot, camera facing the ocean, as they walk towards a beach front property. its about 1.5 min walk. and about two football fields in length. Here's a picture of the area. the picture facing the beach houses is where camera would be, the ocean is right behind me when I took this pic.
and I inserted a side shot where you can see the pier way in the background...
I was hoping I could ask your advice as I have multiple options in mind. the mood is more of a soft moonlight. the characters are arriving stealthily, breaking into a home. the shot itself should be closer to the look you had for True Grit exterior shots.
I have 6,000$ to light this.
Originally I thought Ballon would be an option..and have a walking hovering light as we moved with the characters, carrot stick method. held over their faces to shape the way I wanted to outline them. and balloon being my ambience and lighting the territory. but I felt I would probably need multiple balloons.
I wonder if I could minimize how much I see on camera, shooting on a 100mm anamorphic.. and using multiple 1.8k. possibly 4 or 5 bounced off of 8x8 on Mombo Combo stands as high as I can get them... off to the side at about 100' from talent.
another idea was to go with an 18k on a condor much further away, and trying to spray enough of radius. however I imagine I would still need to implement supplementary units, like the 1.8k in addition, at closer distance. to spread the source.
would really be interested in hearing how your mind analyses this , and what your advice would be... thank you in advance!
Your idea of tracking a light seems interesting. Given you have lights in the BG you might consider using a light that would be lower and simulate that coming from the city. Hard to say without a script and knowing the 'mood' of the piece, so this is just technical suggestion.
OK thank you so much! I've been contemplating the options. Very helpful to hear your input about the tracking light, I appreciate it !