UNBROKEN – Omari Night Scene
Looking at Lighting
The Omori Prison Camp set was built on location near Brisbane. We rigged the lights for the scene over a few days prior to the night of the shoot as this way we could check the effect they had after we wrapped shooting day work on the same set.
I wanted the camp to be lit only by the practical lights before the bombers attacked after which I was imagining the fires started by the attack would become the primary sources. The attack we picture in the film occurred before the Japanese became conscious that they needed to take defensive action, such as dousing the lights of the prison camp.
The large Maxi Rigs that I have shown in the diagram were to mimic the light from fires that were started in the grass outside the camps walls and the two Dinos were there to give a brief flash as a bomb hit. All the maxis were dimmed down to warm the light up as if it were firelight.
There were physical effects done in camera to create some of the close by bomb blasts whilst the more distant ones were done in post. The 10K and 20K Mole beams were used to mimic searchlights that you see to the right of the main rooftop and we drifted smoke across the set to allow the light to show up. Unluckily for us the wind was very variable and it was hard to control this smoke some of which had to be augmented in post.