lightning block and your mental process (1 reply and 1 comment)
I’ve been dping on various budget levels for 13 years while working mainly as a DIT, only lately focusing only on DP.
The thing is I’ve found myself resorting too much on the same bag of tricks (most of my work is low budget commercial or narrative, so time, crew and resources are limited. I get the work done and on time but I feel lately that I cannot take risks nor achieve the level of finesse I would desire or to improve as a dp.
I’ve been doing all my lightning on a “gut” level instead of a more cerebral approach and I’m afraid I’m not getting the best on each situation.
So, my question is: how do you keep yourself improving? How to avoid repeat yourself? How do you get “better” image with these time limitation? Where do you get your lightning ideas?. Are you following any “method” on your lightning (script motivation -contrast -color?).
I guess I just love the job. I always go from the script and I will not do a film unless I find the script one that will inspire me. I have no particular method. Every film feels like it is the first time for me. I try not to repeat myself by working on as much variety of project as I can. My lighting ideas come from just looking at the world around me. There really is nothing else.
Thanks, Mr. Deakins!