January 11, 2015 at 2:26AM


Golden Hour of Evening Shooting

Hello friends,
My next movie will be shot in the Golden Hour of evening. This is a thriller and is shot at the roof top of a high-rise building with only two men characters. I want to use the sun-flares and some silhouette.

Can someone kindly suggest what the best time to shoot is and also what extra light I must have?
Kindly suggest me some ideas friends.

Warm regards.


Depends on the time zone you live in. :)

I would show up 3 hours before sundown probably, giving myself at least an hour to to set up my gear and start shot blocking by the time your done that the sun will be in the prime spot for the next 1-2 hours or so.

In terms of equipment if you're shooting with the sun as your main light source I would definitely consider bringing some reflectors and bounce boards to fill the scene than rather than the harsh light of the sun.

January 13, 2015 at 12:31PM

Alex Kaldeway
Director of Photography / Editor

I would shoot as close to the longest day of the year as you can, roughly the middle of summer is the longest day but check online to confirm, this will give you the longest golden hour. Show up at least a few hours before sunset is scheduled that day, sun seeker is a great app to show you this and the sun position in general, and get everything blocked and ready. You will only have an hour or so of consistent light so shoot accordingly, depending the length you may need a couple nights to accomplish your scene. Have some bounce cards for sure and maybe some LED panels if you have them so you can adjust color and get them as you need for fill or eye lights, the bounce is also for this. Without a big budget that is the best you'll be able to do. Even hollywood shoots this way in golden hour, they shoot what that they can and usually will do close ups on character in the morning, then other other in the evening, then wides and masters another morning or evening, sometimes this takes 2-3-4-5 days of shooting this way. Good Luck!

January 14, 2015 at 12:52PM

Chase Axton

The best time to shoot is from 7-9 am and 5-7 PM in winter.

January 19, 2015 at 9:17AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

Check this website: you can look up your location on google maps, and the date of shooting and see what times the sun is where.

I don't know how close to the equator you live, but here in the Netherlands sunrise and sundown move about 1 or 2 minutes every day.
So it really depends on where and when you want to shoot.

March 9, 2015 at 1:09PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

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