January 13, 2017 at 5:35PM

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How did they light this scene in La La Land? (with bts example)

Hi,

If anybody saw the movie, it is amazing as is its lighting. I was watching bts and the lighting setup for one scene got me confused a little. Hope somebody with experience could help me figure it out. Here is the scene first.

The scene as it is in the movie (no separate clip so follow to 0:46 of the bts and through to 0:52):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgPJElRhIXo&t=50s

And the shot where the lighting setup is scene vividly above in the other bts video but at 1:12 (also you can find a little longer version of the scene here at 2:30 through to 3:05 but it lacks ending where the bar lights up again):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhDtuy-YG74

So we see a soft box with what seems to be 5600k light and a spotlight with 3600k. But in the scene itself the ambient light before everything goes to black seems warm and then the spotlight is daylight obviously. Now there is an explanation to warm spotlight in the bts shot, since the spotlight goes warm before dimming down again, but why is the soft box light set to daylight? Is it just very soft to light him a little without taking away much of the warmth? Or is it used to separate him from others?

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The practicals look a lot warmer than either the spotlight or the soft box.

January 13, 2017 at 9:46PM, Edited January 13, 9:57PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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yes because they are dimmed down at that moment. I'm asking a different question. Why the soft box is daylight? What is it for there? Because the lighting overall seems very warm even on his face when the restaurant light are still up.

Mark Miller

January 14, 2017 at 12:00PM

I think it's to make him stand out more from the rest of the club and to soften the light from the spot-light so there aren't severe shadows across his face.

January 14, 2017 at 5:39PM, Edited January 14, 5:39PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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In another bts the spotlight is the only source of light when everything shuts down and they have very hard shadows. But when everything is lit, his face is very warm with top lighting, but way softer although casting a lot of shadows, just a little smoother edges. So the light is definitely coming from a soft box above. But Wouldn't a soft box need to be tungsten?

Mark Miller

January 14, 2017 at 5:48PM

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