I’ve been wanting to work with Director Chris White for a long time. When he asked me to be the Director of Photography for “All Seeing” it didn’t take long to say yes. I also got my good friend Kevin Anderson on as the gaffer for the short film which made life on set that much better.
“All Seeing” was a 2-day short filmed in Seneca, South Carolina, for the 2nd Act Film Festival. The cut that has been released had to be shortened to meet the 6-minute limit for the festival. The director’s cut will be released soon. It adds about 2 minutes and improves the story, in my opinion.
We shot with the Carbon Fiber RED Weapon (Dragon Sensor) with the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8. I also added a 1/8 Black Pro Mist filter to bloom the highlights a bit. For nearly all of the shoot, we used the Ronin with a Ready Rig. This was my first time using the Ready Rig: I was quite impressed. My back was fine after 2 12-hour days of lugging that rig around.
Lighting a car in the daytime
This scene was around 3pm. The Director wanted us to see the dry cleaner in the background so we panned a bit. I opened the back of the vehicle to let a bit more light in and separate the character from the background. We bounced a 4×4 shiny into the side through a 4×4 diffusion frame of half soft frost. Also had half soft frost on the windshield.
The secret to realistically lighting scenes like this is big soft sources. You don’t want to feel the light.
Lighting a car at night
Later that day we returned to the same car for the night sequence. The principle was the same: big, soft sources. This time, the shot was straight on into the windshield. Chris, our Director, loved the fluorescents at the dry cleaner. We used that to provide a rim for the car and separate the background. All we needed to do was lift levels so you could see the characters. We did that with 2 Eco Punch Plus lights bounced onto foam core. I got the bounce as high as I could to simulate a street lamp. I also threw on a lot CTO and a little plus green to get it closer to the sick light of a street lamp. Eco Punches already have a nasty green spike so it didn’t take much plus green.
Lighting a spooky night interior
Our main character follows the girl into a scary building and discovers a room where there’s mysterious writing. The building we shot in had no power so we had to rig up a practical light held by an arm. We lit the background with two Kino Celebs. There was a third Kino Celeb on an arm that supplemented the practical light to illuminate the actors.
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