Sunbeams in a barn with real sunlight? (2 replies)
in a few weeks I will shoot a commercial with one mini scene taking place in an old wooden barn. Of course (...) everyone would love to see those typical sunbeams shining through the wood..
Today I scouted the location and the actual sun would look perfect for the eye between 6 and 8 pm. It would be possible to shoot the scene in that period of time, it's also a very short and simple scene, so we wouldn't need more time than 2 hours to actually shoot it.
So now I am thinking if I should try to go with the real sunlight or to completely keep the sun away and light it artificially with strong HMI units, which would be a huge effort. Although we're not going for a high key look (actually it could get pretty dark), I am still a bit concerned about the very harsh sunlight beams in the dark barn in terms of contrast. The barn is also not too big, so there's not a lot of space to brighten up from the inside, but I guess that one 12x12 butterfly with a lamp could fit in.
So my question is if anyone of you has had a similar experience or has any advice for me wether I should light it completely or go with the actual perfect shaped real sunlight?! I would have to rent the big units anyways, in case it's an overcast day, but let's just think it will be a sunny day. =)
Thank you a lot for sharing your advice!
I say use that natural light to your advantage, and use a bit of haze to bring up atmosphere and pronounce the beams a bit more, if thats what you're going for.
If you're afraid of it being too dark, and want to keep a smaller footprint inside, maybe try bringing in a frame or bounce cards to bounce some of that sunlight around to bring the ambient light up some more.
Using 18K Par lamps might take some rigging but you might save a lot of worry.