October 26, 2015 at 7:20PM

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Lighting Plans & Features

I have always been interested in seeing working proffesionals lighting setups as an amateur cinematographer.

Does anyone have any links to lighting plans by BSC / ASC cinematographers? I know 'Ida' released its lighting plans but i am looking for something similar.

Any help would be great!

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Behind the scenes photos of motion picture sets can be very educational, especially if you can see how the set is lit and then compare it to the actual shot scene in the feature film.

I remember looking at some live street scenes from David Fincher's "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo", and being surprised that they had used a giant top fill light for the whole street for a night scene, just to lower the contrast when shooting. The top light was a giant lighting scrim hung from an industrial crane, and it was probably 150 feet long by 30 feet wide.

Often with interior shots you will see lighting rigs using 5 or 6 soft-boxes with egg-crate grids that are a couple of feet above the actors and out of the shooting frame, and these create small pools of soft light that is very localized so they won't spread and reflect off the background.

October 27, 2015 at 10:36AM, Edited October 27, 10:37AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Can you explain what egg-crate grids do? Ive seen them used on the new film Spectre and from the cinematography look very effective. Also what sort of light would you use the soft box with? A tungsten 1k?

October 28, 2015 at 2:26PM

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COYCO
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Normally a softbox has a very wide light spread, often 120 degrees or wider. By adding an eggcrate you greatly narrow the light spread, but you still have the soft light quality from the softbox. This type of lighting set-up is used all the time in feature films, in 60 Minutes interviews on TV, etc.

I could not find a good photo of softboxes with eggcrates in use, so here's a poor one from a 60 Minutes interview...

https://goo.gl/kI7pw6

October 29, 2015 at 4:31PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I don't know of any BSC/ASC breakdowns, but I do have a couple of resources I just recently started looking through.

http://mattscottvisuals.com/lighting/
http://wanderingdp.com/

Matt Scott Visuals is new to me, but it seems that he's put a lot of thought into the content he does have up. I've been learning quite a bit.

The Wandering DP is a fantastic site/podcast. He shares a lot of resources and has breakdowns for each podcast. The amount of information is invaluable.

I hope these at least help until someone can guide you to more information. I, too, would love to get my hands on as many lighting plans as possible given that I can see the end result.

October 28, 2015 at 12:37PM

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RJ Ortiz
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a subscription to The American Cinematographer Magazine would certainly go a long way. Apart from other interesting and educational stuff, they regularly print lighting plans from large scale productions.

October 29, 2015 at 6:45AM, Edited October 29, 6:45AM

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Markus Koepke
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