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lighting shadows and colors in sicario (2 replies and 2 comments)

hanno
5 years ago
hanno 5 years ago

Dear Mr. Deakins,

looking at the example picture below, which was taken in the interrogation room of the movie “Sicario”, it looks like you have used a very yellowish lighting. Did you achieve these “extreme” colors directly on set through lighting or did you leave something such as a buffer for postproduction?

Did this approach also apply to shadows? The second example picture of Benicio del Toro shows a completely darkened left side of his face. Did you expose it slightly brigther on set or how did you achieve this effect?

Best regards Hanno

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sicario_2.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sicario_1.png
Roger Deakins
5 years ago
Roger Deakins 5 years ago

Both images were created in camera and on the set. I use the DI process to balance a scene from shot to shot and I will sometimes adjust contrast or alter saturation in a minimal way but that is about all.

Thomas S
5 years ago

Is the distinct yellow cast in the interrogation scene a direct product of the lights there, or did you adjust settings in camera to create/adjust that particular look?

Also, in lighting the interrogation scene, I assume the overhead fluorescents were the primary source of light. Did you use additional units or silks/flags to augment them?

Roger Deakins
5 years ago
Roger Deakins 5 years ago

The existing florescent lights were a warm yellow as the diffusers were stained and I decided to keep that look. I did control the light a little by using tape on the offside of the fixtures but there was no additional lighting.

Thomas S
5 years ago

Thanks! Masterful use of available lighting!

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