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Unbroken - Tokyo Restaurant (4 replies)

shenzo
5 months ago
shenzo 5 months ago

Dear Roger,

A quick question: Do you remember for what f/stop you lit the room for?

Looking at the depth of field, it looks to me like a 5.6 but I am only guessing.

Thank you.

Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

I was shooting at around 2.8. the shot posted is probably made with a 32mm and I was shooting Alexa Open gate, which gives a little more width.

shenzo
5 months ago
shenzo 5 months ago

Thank you, Roger. Did you have scrims on the 18Ks levelled to have the middle hotter than the edges?

Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

The 18Ks were bounced off Ultrabounce reflectors, which were set at about 15' from the windows. The windows themselves were diffused so the light was pretty flat and soft by the time it made it into the room. This was a set, which was purpose built inside a large office space, so I had control over the way it was set up in relationship to the windows. This worked so well that I didn't need any lighting inside the set.

shenzo
5 months ago
shenzo 5 months ago

Thank you Roger. Yes I have seen the diagrams on this scene and grateful for them. When you say that you had control over the way it was set up in relationship to the windows, do you mean the relationship between the bounce size and the distance and relative size of the subject being lit?

I guess I am still trying to wrap my head around having precise exposures with large bounces in far distances like that. I have heard some DP just allow for a 3 stops loss when bouncing and of course using scrims to be able to refine exposure like you do sometimes. But then with these type of distances involved, as your actor might have been something like 50-60 ft from the bounce source, it seems it can only a process of trials and errors or relying on experience. I'd be grateful for any light you could shed on that subject.

 

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