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Transitioning from lights on to lights off: bedroom Night Interior without moonlight (11 replies and 2 comments)

2 months ago
Lambert 2 months ago

Hi Roger and members, 


I am about to shoot a short film in North Louisiana. I am approaching it in a very naturalistic way. Most of my set ups are planned already and the beautiful locations we have access to are very helpful.

That being said, there is one scene I am really struggling with. In the scene, a couple in their bedroom have a discussion while the lights are on and they then get in bed and turn the lights off (in the same shot). My set up is very simple as I am just motivating my lighting using a couple of practicals in the room. However, once they turn off the lights and get in bed I am not sure how to motivate the light as I want to avoid any moonlight. I'd also like to avoid any streetlight if possible and I am just wondering if there is a way to manage to light the part where they are in bed without having a source coming from outside during the entire scene.

I thought about adding a general white soft ambient light unmotivated but even that I am afraid it will ruin my previous set up while the lights are on. 

I do have in my kit a couple of 800 HMI, Dedolights, 650's, an Arri S60, a litemat and a few 4ft Quasars. 

Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated! 






Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

You can literally flick a switch to make the change from a practically lit shot to one lit by a soft ambient light but if the change is slightly out of sync the effect is obvious. You see it all the time. Even when it is in perfect sync the effect can look a little odd but if the ambient light level is really low it works simply because the viewer's eye has to adjust. A slight iris opening at the point of the change would help for sure.

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