Skyfall - M’s apartments (8 replies and 9 comments)
Hello Mr. Deakins,
first of all thank you for sharing with us with your knowledge and experience.
I’m wondering, if you could elaborate the way of lightning the scene from Skyfall, how you lit the room before turning the light on. We can see almost all details in the shadows.
On the old forum you wrote about the scene after switching the light on, that there was a ring light over the table, just above the practical light, with golf ball globes. The window were lit with a couple of Tweenies. There was also a small ring in the hall and another outside the entrance door. Otherwise it was just the practical lights.
Before M enters her apartment there were only the lights we placed outside the windows and door. The room with the drinks cabinet was lit using the floor practical lamps and some low bounced sources. M then sees Bond in silhouette in the next room and turns on the overhead light, which was augmented by my ring light. There is not much more to add really.
I haven't seen the other posts about this scene, but I'm interested to know.
So that close up of M is lit from the practical lamp nearby? And I assume you augmented or doubled up these practicals?
Was the ring light directly over the table?
Outside the window, what was used for the upper and lower lights?
Did you haze?
I might have had a small bounce source alongside the practical but I am not sure if I did for that close shot. I often do use something to wrap the light a little more than the practical source would on its own. I know I hid a low bounce when we were looking at that part of the room from a wider angle. The ring light was centered on the table and so between Bond and M for their conversation.
And the ext window lighting?
I really can't remember what I did there. There was a backing into which we cut windows that we could light. The backing was also lit from the front and there was a street light, I seem to remember. We used some Tweenies with snoots to look like street lamps at a distance and others to create a little glow on the shears. Most of the outside lighting was warmed up to look as if it were sodium sources.
So was this a set?
regarding that scene, which filter did you use to create that yellow amber-like ambientlight?
Did you dial in that yellow in post?
I sent that one accidentally too early.
I really want to know how to create moods like these, but keeping good feeling skin tones.
Would be great to hear from you.
I never dial in colour in post as I always feel it looks better when done in camera. Besides, it is hard to be selective with colour in post so that way tends to result in just an overall colour wash.
I used combinations of 1/2 CTO and 013 Straw for this scene. Some of the exterior lights were quite cool and others had the straw. the interior practical lights were all on dimmers, which added to their warmth.
When dimming practicals do you calculate the output you'll need in relation to the color temp that will result when dimmed?
When you say "added to their warmth," I assume you're saying that the dimmer increases and lowers the color temp and not the intensity? Or both?
The intensity will go down thus warming the light for example to something closer to candle light.
Thank you Roger!
I think calculate would sound more technical than I am. I will usually judge by eye and add a scrim if I feel a lamp is becoming too warm. I always start lighting with each lamp carrying a double scrim so I know I have some latitude either way.
When you say add a scrim to a practical what are you applying to a household bulb?
Here's an interesting thread about dimmers:
With practical bulbs I am only using a dimmer. To change the intensity, without altering the color temperature, it is easy just to change the wattage of the bulb.