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Shiny skin on Michael Bay's films? (3 replies and 3 comments)

Manuel Grullon
1 month ago
Manuel Grullon 1 month ago

Hello Sir Deakins, i know this isn't the look you ever pursue in your films, but I was wondering if you can give me any tip on how to get this lighting feeling for a short superhero film I'm shooting. Basically how to get the shine on the actors faces and how to better get that orange and teal coloring. What kind of lighting should I use? Tungsten for the orange key light? HMI for the lower teal light? These are some stills to better ilustrate what I'm talking about:

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/QTQZ7KVX.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MJEUWLCU.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/11GCWEMA.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/4RIH2UZD.jpg
Mike
1 month ago
Mike 1 month ago

Not Roger.

if you want the skin to reflect light then use Baby oil or Coconut oil. Vary the density of oil for best reflection but a very light coating  will do the trick. Coconut oil can be rather sticky and may cause irritation for some actors so ask first if they are allergic then try a foundation powder with the color blended in to match the required effect. There are many ways you can achieve this through make up though it’s a matter of experience and practice using gels and lighting techniques.

The above photos maybe just the effect of lighting used.

 

cujo
1 month ago

That doesn't look like oil coated skin to me. I'd say that's more likely to relatively hard light and no polarizer. The reason a lot of people shoot with a CPL as standard is to prevent this kind of effect happening by accident:

https://www.photographygoals.com/polarizing-filter-for-portraits/»

cujo
1 month ago
Mike
1 month ago

I thought that ‘Manual’ wanted ‘skin glare’ not to reduce it.
The four photos above are not good examples of ‘skin glare’ I wonder if we are talking about the thing.

Mike
1 month ago
Mike 1 month ago

Examples of shiny skin. (Skin glare) A good make up artist can reduce it or enhance It. Some actors just have a naturally oily skin which need to be powdered off if placed in front of a harsh light. All depends on the effect you are after.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/91AB9B38-25D2-40A3-A8A1-1052FD6E6F33.jpeg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/028E4F49-7D21-405F-8A93-E684F246A1B2.jpeg
Jacob W.
1 month ago
Jacob W. 1 month ago

Boy... wouldn't that be an interesting guest. Mr. Bayhem himself... He could talk all about his style of shooting, how he achieves that look. Maybe he could even give an in depth analysis on how he shot his last movie without a DP...? 

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