How to Shoot Day For Night | Cinematic Lighting 101

published on July 20, 2020

Hello this is Valentina V and you were watching four-minute film school today we have a scene that takes place day for night at a holiday party let's go I'm here with Shani Bryan a director of photography here in Los Angeles she

Works on a lot of music videos specifically with music videos that have pretty awesome lighting including lighting gags and lighting cues and that's what we're doing today we're doing a little lighting gag inside of a

Bathroom scene so I wanted to do this bathroom scene that would potentially take place at like a party scene and for this one specifically I wanted to mess with the fireworks effect so picture fourth of July New Year's something like

That especially if you're on a TV show there's always like a festival going on or something that you can get the characters to do I think a lot of times specifically with women we see them in scenes looking into mirrors and messing

With themselves but I like the idea of using this smaller space and this more intimate space as a place for a conversation between the characters in the middle of whatever chaos is happening outside but this was during

The day and you had a wide open window how did you deal with that what we did to counteract the daylight coming outside is we set up floppies to 10 to the to 300 the marked twos that we had outside the window doing the fireworks

Effect and we also were lucky enough to have like diffusion of a sheer screen in front of the window from the interior so you had two 300 DS kind of strobing or on the fireworks effect outside the window and they were different colors as

Well right yeah yeah we use party jealous just to change them to a pink and a blue so you also introduced a light panel into the environment what was that so we use the Tri eight and I just wanted to use that as like barely

Dimmed up as potential eye light coming from off camera just so that the characters you can just catch their eyes enough that you can can because I think that I lied is so vital and the try eight was perfect as put in

The corner and then your main light your key light was right in front of the actresses what was that once again from overhead and kind of in front of the actresses I've had a 300 D on the minimax

With diffusion from the light dome – and the interesting thing with that – is the scene could be lit with or without that and it just completely creates a different mood the nice thing was this was we were able to set up the light and

We would have the ability in a second to turn the light on and on and try out different looks according to whatever a client or a director might want because you have that light in there your the ability to show them what it looks like

Either way yeah either right on set or just film a take and then give them the dailies all right so let's take a look at this whole scene put together all right Shaunie so if the people want to shoot something like this

Inspired by euphoria or Riverdale a teen show of sorts what are some tips that you have for them investigate what your lights can do for you as much as you can and what capabilities they have don't be afraid to mess with the traditional

Blocking that you've seen and change it so the lighting can be really dynamic and work for you and then the last thing I'll say is don't be afraid to take away lights we definitely let this high key but you can almost look at it without

The top light on and be maybe more interested into it yeah obviously there are rules in filmmaking but sometimes you got to break them and it looks a little bit more interesting too which brings me to the comment question this

Video is what is a holiday scene that was shot really well that you've liked either in a TV show or movie let us know and the best answer is going to win an aperture skb collaboration case it's empty so that you can put whatever you

Want in it take it out adventure with it and have your own shoots as always if you liked this episode if you liked this whole show please tell us by hitting that like button and subscribing if you want to follow either shawnee or myself

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