February 17, 2017 at 3:32AM

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Lighting tips for an exterior night shot in a car?

Hi, I am shooting my first short film. It's a no-budget. There's a scene where a masked man parks in front of a isolated house and prepares to kill someone.
I'm looking for a dark , high contrast feel. And I'm going to shoot with one camera, cannon rebel t5i.

*Should I add contrast in post or in production . ( I prefer post )
* What low cost lighting should I use?
* Will shooting in a full moon help ?
* What camera settings do you prefer ?

Thanks in advance.

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Shooting under a full moon is going to drive you nuts. The moon moves too fast. Better to park under a street light and then add lighting to taste. A good cheat is to pretend that somebody's porch light shines through the window to create a key light for the character. you probably want hard shadows, which means a point or focused source. If you ever plan to make a second or a third short film, not a bad idea to invest in a fresnel light you can use again and again and again.

February 17, 2017 at 9:50AM

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I often use a little LED lamp behind the steering wheel so the actor is lighted like it would be in real.

February 18, 2017 at 7:12AM

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Eric Halbherr
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Film Riot has an episode on exactly this situation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5P9mxQ4ho

February 19, 2017 at 12:16PM, Edited February 19, 12:16PM

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I can recommend the Aputure Amaran M9!
It´s a tiny little LED (check card size!) that has an internal battery that charges through micro USB and can be hidden / taped ANYWHERE.
They cost 50 bucks or so but are really worth the price if you want a tiny light you can hide. And there are some pretty solid smaller power banks out there too!
Anyways.. Good luck on that scene!

February 19, 2017 at 8:11PM

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Robert Zinke
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Thanks for the tips, everyone.

February 22, 2017 at 6:17AM

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Tahmid Rumi
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