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Night shot in field. (2 replies and 1 comment)

Anthony Kearney
6 days ago
Anthony Kearney 6 days ago

Sir Deakins,

I was wandering what you would recommend if I was trying to achieve a night scene in an open field. Trucks and other vehicles will be in the shot so I could use their headlights as a light source. The reality is I have little to no budget and I'm brain storming to try and find a solution which I could produce a realistic moonlight feel . I just want the scene to look realistic, if that means I should pitch the moonlight idea and just use the headlights and other practical's then so be it. Any thoughts or advice would be deeply appreciated! Thank you!

Stay well!

Anthony

Roger Deakins
6 days ago
Roger Deakins 6 days ago

Always tricky and more so with a limited budget. It is hard to say whether you would be best off using the headlights alone. I would need to know the script and how the scene fits into the story as well as more information about the location and distances involved.

Anthony Kearney
6 days ago

It'll be the climax of my student short film. There is a gun down scene in the open field. I'll probably end up going with the headlights for the action sequences which take place in and around the vehicles. There are only a few small moments of dialogue which happen away from the vehicles. For those I'll run some tests and see how realisticly I can pull off moonlight.

MNMike
6 days ago
MNMike 6 days ago

Sounds fun to shoot.  Could you add some filtration to the camera lens and do a day-for-night kind of thing.  I don't know anything about swapping out bulbs in cars to stronger headlamps, but maybe you could find a way to increase the power of the headlamps with the added filtration.  There are also some tutorials on YouTube to do the day-for-night color grading in after effects. 

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