Shooting with sunlight (continuity) (1 reply)

2 weeks ago
alex.shapo 2 weeks 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. 

2 weeks ago
JakeJakeJake 2 weeks 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.

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