lighting shadows and colors in sicario (2 replies and 2 comments)
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
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.
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?
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.
Thanks! Masterful use of available lighting!