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SIC Podcast: Ep. 35 – Light Placement – On Set Efficiency


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In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Shooting in tight locations and what lighting gear will help you get the most out of your scenes:
    • The best fixtures for shooting in low ceiling and cramped locations.
    • The best light placements for these types of situations.
    • How to maintain a soft source when close to your subjects.
    • How to use practicals to create realism and to create depth.
    • Understanding how ambiance can make or break you.
  • Understanding flicker ratios with HMI and certain lights:
    • Figuring out what shutter and frame rate to choose to avoid light flicker.
    • The tools on set to make sure that you never have to worry about it.
    • Understanding the difference when shooting state side or internationally.
  • Figuring out the best way to light your day and night interiors:
    • The tools that will give you the leg up for day interiors.
    • DIY solutions that will help save money and provide professional looks.
    • Figuring out which look you are trying to execute.
    • Breaking down the logistics when working with interiors.
    • Understanding light placement to get the most out of your images.
  • How to shoot Day for Night sequences:
    • Planning out which filters you want to utilize for Day for Night scenes.
    • The difference between monochrome and blue day filters.
    • Breaking down the logistics of tackling Day for Night and what to avoid doing.
    • How to stay cost effective when managing this on set and in post.
  • Understanding generator etiquette and how to manage them on set:
    • Different scenarios to consider on set.
    • Proper set etiquette to stay safe and be effective on set.
    • Ways of balancing power and how to ensure you have what you need to get the job done.
  • Ways to source power besides just using a generator on set:
    • How to tie into the grid and do it legally and safely.
    • Ways to stay cost effective on set when needing to power larger lights.

When filmmakers first start out, they tend to not consider how lights “really” work. We usually gravitate to what we can get our hands on (big or small), but never think how they run. It’s important as filmmakers to understand what logistics you might face when using big sources in practical locations and how to be cost effective on set.

In this podcast, Shane Hurlbut, ASC, takes you through how to properly balance electricity, tricks for when shooting in tight spaces, and how to avoid rookie mistakes when trying different lighting set ups. With Shane’s DIY experience, you will leave knowing that not everything has to be high priced rental rates to get that professional look.


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