Staging Lights

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

To light the sight I used a simple 2 light method, a key light above and another light to balance shadows.

I brought 2 spotlights and 2 dido lights from university home for production, as well as having 2 LED lights of my own. Although I have all these lights at my disposal, I have only used my own LED lights during filming.

Angling and positioning my key light was very difficult. I wasn't able to use the stand that came with it as I required the light to be directly above my set which it wasn't capable of. What I ended up doing, which has worked pretty well, is using a camera slider, stand and w hole bunch of twine to position the light correctly.

The stand for the light is screwed into the underside of the slider on one end, with the LED light on the opposing end. I have secure the light by wrapping twine around it repeatedly.

As this light has a dial for brightness, I keep the dial in the dimmest position and simply turn the light on and off. The reduces the light moving and any accidental changed in brightness. These LED lights also have a diffuser which I use.

The secondary light is the same LED which is just on its stand, I am able to move this around when needed to balance out shadows during filming.

When testing the lights, I had to decide between the two light settings available on the LEDs. They have both a white light and yellow light which give very different feels on camera.

The left image is using the yellow light and the right with the white light, both on the lowest setting for brightness.

I emailed Mario and Pete and they both felt that the White light has a much better feel to it for my film compared to the yellow.

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