Looking at Lighting – January

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"True Grit" - Paramount Studios

“True Grit” – Paramount Studios

 

True Grit: Night Exterior of Greaser Bob’s

Detailed storyboards showed that the requirements for this extended sequence were very specific. Primarily we were looking for a deep ‘dead end’ valley to the head of which would nestle Greaser Bob’s cabin. The sides of the valley needed to be steep but there was also a story requirement for an access path, suitable for horses, to the back of where the cabin would sit.

Taking place over a wide area and with an axis change a number of times within it, this sequence presented a particular set of lighting challenges. Foremost of these was a need for four distinct lighting plans with the ability to move from one plan to another whilst taking only a minimal amount of time away from shooting.

The location pictures below show the scale of the site chosen. I think Chris Napolitano, my gaffer, and I spent many hours tramping across these hillsides to figure out our approach. We made a schematic of all the distances involved before drawing up each of the alternative lighting plans by scene number. Then we returned to the location one more time to stake out exactly where each array of lamps would start and end, hopefully clarifying our intension for rigging crew.

The diagrams below are my initial sketches from which Chris would develop his own detailed plans for power supply etc. As the weather was unpredictable and the ground, besides not being level, was quite unstable, each run of lamps was set on a platform secured to the hillside.

Below you will find location photos showing what we started with, diagrams and then frames of the final result. The top of the page also shows a final result. Any further questions can be posted in the lighting forum.

 

Location shot

Location shot

 

Location with sketched in location of the shed

Location with sketched in location of the shed

 

Sketch showing distances

Sketch showing distances

 

1st Section of the scene

1st Section of the scene

 

2nd section with opposite eye lines

2nd section on the opposite side of the eye line

 

Reverse angle on Rooster and Matte watching

Reverse angle on Rooster and Matte watching

 

Light list

Initial lamp breakdown – many more were added!

 

CU Matte

CU Matte

 

Over Matte and Rooster

Over Matte and Rooster

 

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