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Skyfall Lodge - transition from day to dusk using white then grey backings and blue gels (2 replies)

Shyam Ediriweera
1 week ago
Shyam Ediriweera 1 week ago

Hi Roger

I hope this finds you keeping well and wishing you a happy New Year!

I've been reviewing the Looking at Lighting pages on the Skyfall Lodge scenes and it's exciting to read about the way you turned the day into dusk by changing the white backing that hung from the rail to a mid grey, while adding some ¼ or ½ blue gel to the barn doors of the bounce lights. Later, by the time the bad guys enter the building, you've added a ½ or ¾ blue to the HMI lamps that are bouncing off the, now grey, backing (as represented in attached screengrabs 1-3).

I was hoping to trouble you for some further information about this transition:

1) is the key reason to use the grey backing so that when we see out of the Skyfall Lodge windows, it appears that the exterior is darker than the previous white backing, and this represents the transition from daytime to dusk? 

Or does the grey backing also soften the intensity of the bounce light and also act to further cool the color temperature of the lights? 

Or is this cooling of the color temperature achieved solely by the addition of stronger intensity of blue gel?

2) it's mentioned that you turn the day into dusk by adding 1/4 or 1/2 blue gels, and then you've added a ½ or ¾ blue to the HMI lamps  when the bad guys enter the building.

With reference to the lighting plan (attached), can you please trouble you describe how you decided which lamps to add 1/4 blue versus 1/2 blue? 

Is it that you added 1/2 blue to the 18K HMIs and 1/4 blue to the 6K pars?  

And did you apply the same approach later in scene when you added a ½ or ¾ blue to the HMI lamps?

Thank you very much and kind regards
Shyam

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Skyfall-Lodge-Lighting-Plan.png
Shyam Ediriweera
1 week ago
Shyam Ediriweera 1 week ago

Attached are the screengrabs referenced in my above post.

Thanks again

Shyam

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/3.-GREY-BACKING_1234-CTB.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2.-GREY-BACKING_14-OR-12-CTB.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1.-WHITE-BACKING-ONLY.png
Roger Deakins
7 days ago
Roger Deakins 7 days ago

The grey gave a softer feel and it could look like a cool dusk. That would have been hard to do with a pure white backing. I added progressively more blue gel to the lights bouncing through the windows not to the Par, which was standing in for the light on the helicopter.

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