Hello and welcome back everyone to my weekly post about Studio 1, my 4th Trimester, and what I have learned new this week.
As you can tell this weeks workshop was about lighting. Which is a very important part of moviemaking. I and my group have discovered that even better during this weeks workshop.
Our Brief has been to select a scene, for our group a cold winter in a mining company’s waiting room. Rumors have been around that they would strike several jobs and our main character is waiting in this cold waiting room to most likely get bad news and be fired.
The first thing I have learned right at the start was, make the roles clear and let each role work on their tasks. This way we will achieve a rough idea way quicker than everybody throwing in random ideas and no one will settle on something and we end up having nothing in hours of brainstorming.
So the set designer and I left the DOP and our Director alone with their ideas of Camera and Actor Blocking, which I have mentioned a blog post before and started collecting props and building a set that would suit the situation. While the rest of the team was setting up the gear and connected cables etc we achieved a rough idea of the set within a very short time.
We then struggled with the color of our set. We thought that it was too bright since we positioned the lights in a way we haven’t thought about the effect we want to have on the scene. Our DOP also chose a lense that narrowed the set down quite a bit. So we learned how to use the space we have on set to make use of the fore and background.
We created a second row of seats and so made the set much bigger than it was before. The character was positioned in the row of seats that was the furthest away of the office door in order to create a long distance between him and the door. So we could work with a dolly shot, depth of field and different parts of the set we pulled focus on in order to tell the story of our character better.
But in terms of lighting, I have learned to experiment a lot and that it takes a long time, almost the same time as shooting a scene, to set up the lighting for one scene. This is probably the biggest lesson I have learned together with sticking to our roles. Which we have to think about when we shoot our short film.
In conclusion, my achievement out of this lesson is a better understanding of crew roles, that it takes a big amount of thinking on how to position lights to achieve certain effects, how to build the set and then which lights to use to create the lighting we wanted.
Another thing we wanted to do is use redheads to have the sun, shine through the window, defused with a diffuser. But a redhead was way too powerful so we used the redhead in order to light the set and used a LED-lamp to create a light glimmer through the curtains, such as if the sun was blocked by clouds etc. which created a much better feeling and created big shadows in the corner of the set and towards the door. Which made it really feel like a dark winter night.
Thank you very much for reading my blog posts. I hope everyone of you has a great week and as always stay happy and keep smiling.