It’s been a busy December so far, I’ve worked as lighting assistant on a Chinese Web tv series about music, then last week as Gaffer on a short film shooting 4k Raw with a very cool and progressive workflow that I’m gonna post about separately before Christmas.
The kit for the music series was fairly minimal. 4 Dedolights, 2 Led panels, and a kino divalight and a 1K and 750w soft box. Setup times were majorly limited and so it was quite challenging but this constraint can work to your advantage as I find it forces you to be quick at making creative decisions and arrive at a result that pleases the DoP.
Above having fun posing while the talent is photographed against the moody grey background of rainy London. Lighting is the key to creating amazing pictures so I’m currently really enjoying working specifically on light without worrying about actually shooting and operating a camera as well. Last week was especially valuable as we had a whole lorry of lighting kit to work with and even used pretty much all of what we had.
DoP Anthony Dias’ brief and vision for the shoot was to update the film noir look… A rather tall order but a good ambition! More to come on last week’s shoot and the benefits of working with S-log 3 and the onset grade in another post.