Sicario lighting question (7 replies and 6 comments)
Hi Roger. This is my first question ever on this site! Thank you for providing this public forum to ask you questions about lighting and the industry as a whole.
I had a question pertaining to Sicario, the lighting in the images provided below.
I did some research and saw that these images were lit with florescent fixtures. Can you tell me which color temperature florescent fixtures you used? Was it around 4000k cool whites?
In a previous thread, you mentioned that you wrapped 2 florescent tubes around white foam core and augmented the light when needed. The picture of Emily Blunt looks very soft. Did u provide some extra wrap from the foam core / florescent rig to soften the fall off on her? Was this rig mounted on a stand? Thank you for your time!
Apologies, I just noticed the attachment of the images is not working. Here is a direct link.
There was a ceiling fixture in the kitchen area and I augmented that with a little more bounced fluorescent light of the same temperature. I chose some regular household tubes of about 4,000K, which also had a little green in them.
What was the white balance you set your camera at for the scene?
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment Roger! Could you expand on the comment where you said you bounced the fluorescent light? Did you bounce this light off the ceiling above for a smoother fall off? Thank you for your time!
I was splitting the bounce off the ceiling and the side wall. I use black wrap to control the edge of the light so as to get it as close to the frame as possible. The ceiling fixture was quite soft and I probably softened it further with a layer of diffusion hung below but I used the bounce to soften the light further still. The camera would have been set at 3,200.
When you augment light like this with regular household tubes, what ballast do you use for the flourescent lights? A "KinoFlow" ballast, or a regualr household type fixture to hold the flourescent tubes?
Very much appreciated
My gaffer, Chris Napolitano, has a number of ballasts with extensions cords run to end caps so that we can tape a single tube onto a wall or ceiling and there is no weight to struggle with. I am pretty sure these ballasts are Kinos or the like but I know we have used regular fixtures in the past and dealt with the weight issue.
Thank you very much.
Roger, you mention - "I use black wrap to control the edge of the light so as to get it as close to the frame as possible." I'm having a bit of trouble visualizing this set-up. Could you possibly explain this a bit further? Thanks so much.
Was the black wrap used on the bounce source? To prevent direct spill onto Emily? Thanks so much.
I was using the black wrap to keep the light off the wall, using it like a barn door really!
I just came off a shoot dealing with lots of fluorescent lights. We couldn't afford tons of black wrap. So we hung black trash bags everywhere as barn doors for lighting control 🙂