December 28, 2015 at 11:39PM


How's the lighting removed in this scene?

Here's the shortfilm :

Skip to @04:21

Here's also BTS :

So they're using a big soft light attached to the ceiling but how did they remove it in post?

First thing that comes into mind is that they took down the light and shot the scene without light and then used it to mask the footage, but wouldn't it give a weird look?

Honestly, the area between the ceiling and windows looks a bit unnatural but I just wanted reassurance from you guys that there's no better way to do this?


I would have said they hid the lights somehow for the wides, but it doesn't lok like they moved the lighting setup in that BTS video at all. Plus that setup would be hard to hide. I would say it must be just a good masking job in post.

December 30, 2015 at 12:20PM

Alex Everingham
Video Editor

It looks like they masked the lights in post and had to roto the guy walking out of the frame near the end. I've done this occasionally when shooting interviews in VERY noisy places, where I end up putting my mic about 6 inches from the person's face, so it's well into my shooting frame, and then at the end of the interview I pull the mic out and shoot a few seconds of footage that I will use to mask out my audio mic. This only works if your camera doesn't move and if the lighting stays constant. ( or your frame mask won't match the rest of the shot )

For quick'n'dirty masks I make these with Adobe Fireworks and save out the image as a PNG with alpha-channel, then drop it on top of my editing time-line. It can work really well as long as the lighting is the same and the camera doesn't move.

December 30, 2015 at 8:18PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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