Shooting with sunlight (continuity) (2 replies)

12 months ago
alex.shapo 12 months ago

In a few weeks, I have a film coming up containing a scene with two characters looking out of a window and talking. It's a day, interior scene and it will all be shot on the same day.

Unfortunately, the weather might be clear and sunny, so I've run into the problem of respecting light continuity (the sun will be moving in the sky as we shoot).

Since we can only use equipment provided by our film school, all I have available to me are: 4x4 floppys, small flags, silks and nets and 2 4x4 frames with a 216 diffusion sheet in it (I can remove it/change it). In terms of lighting, the strongest we have are baby/arri 1Ks.

The window we'll be shooting at is shaped as a "half circle" with two small angled windows on either side of a big square shaped window. Characters are mostly shot in Medium-close up/close-up shots and from the front. 

Changing the day of the shoot is not an option, as well as doing a night for day, etc... 

My question is: how can I respect lighting continuity and have some control over the sun light? 

Thank you, any help and advice is appreciated. 

12 months ago
JakeJakeJake 12 months ago

I have been in that same situation many times. Something I have done in the past is to map the path of the sun to figure out where it will be at certain times and try to find a way to work around that. For instance, shoot close ups of one person while the sun is in one spot and close ups of the other person when it has moved to a different spot.

Another example you could try is shoot any wides with the actual window light, but then for close ups cheat it and use artificial light to mimic the sunlight. Block out the actual window and go completely artificial. For example, silhouette the characters against the window and then when you push into close ups, do them from an angle where the window is not visible, or if it is, just augment the light where needed.

11 months ago
zakaree 11 months ago

1k Tungsten lights are going to of no use, even if you blue them up.. they wont really do much except for blasting them straight at the action INSIDE the house. 


you could build a big frame out of PVC pipe and a sheer sheet for diffusion, get a few c stands and rig it outside to fly above the window.. 


shoot the scene well after the sun is up high.. 

to keep continuity, get a big reflector board or mirror.. get it out side and HIGH (above the frame you build.. and just follow the sun with it to put that sun right back into the middle of the silk frame you built.. should give you 4 or 5 hours of continuous sun in that position 

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