July 29, 2016 at 3:19AM

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How to light and shoot a dark scene

Hello all,
I'm currently working on a short movie and I Wonder how to light/shoot a scene where we can only see the character and maybe a part of the floor like this : http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5896/16/16x9/960.jpg

I thought using a green screen could be great but ... what do you think ? Any advices ?

We're using a Black Magic Ursa Mini.

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Use a dark or black background and light up only the character very well.
Then dial up the aperture value (close it).

This makes disappear all bad lighted parts of your video. The character persists.
That's it. No green screen and post work required.

July 30, 2016 at 11:09AM, Edited July 30, 11:15AM

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JeffreyWalther
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The main things that will make the biggest difference are distance from light source to subject and distance from subject to background. You want your light source as close as possible to the subject, and subject distant from the background. This is due to inverse square law of lighting falloff (in other words, if instead of this you set it up so that you get the same exposure on your subject, but light is farther from subject, it will be lighting up more of the distance from subject to background before dropping off)

However, let's say you've brought that as far as you can, there's a couple extra things you can play with:

1. Use egg crates over your soft sources (I'm not totally sure on how this works, can't offer a technical explanation... I've read that you can kinda fake it by sticking black wrap along kino's if that's what you're using)
2. Use flags/gobos (won't make things perfect, but with clever angling of the camera it might make a big difference where space is limited)
3. Use non-reflective material (I'm not sure of brand-names off-hand, but at a guess I think velvet could be good, not sure though)
4. Fix it in post ;) (boooo!!!)

July 31, 2016 at 9:58AM

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July 31, 2016 at 11:28AM, Edited July 31, 11:28AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Well... Thanks everyone for your advises !

August 12, 2016 at 7:31AM

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