Today on the podcast we are taking a last look at our series of commercials set in locker rooms, light with all LED lights, and shot on the Alexa LF with Arri Signature Primes.  I know many of you will be happy to see this series of breakdowns come to an end so let's go out with a bang.

The brief for this ad was a smokey back alley poker game style with a bit of humor thrown in for good mix.  Let's take a look at what went in to making this look a reality.

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Full Frame + LED Lighting - Don't Fight the Funk

This commercial was all about the gear.  A relatively straight forward comedy spot but we tried to lift the level of the images by going with the Alexa LF and the Signature Primes.

Camera Gear:

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Wandering DP Commercial Cinematography Gear

The only kit not listed on that page is the set of Signature Primes and the Alexa LF.

For lighting we went all Kino LED.

The Spot - LED Lighting

Set Up #1 - The Moving Master

The Shots

The spot opens on 4 rugby players at a poker table in a dimly lit locker room..

The Lighting

The wide sets up our entire lighting approach for this spot.  The location dictated the fixtures we ended up using because of the lack of space as well as the layout of the locker room.  

We needed low profile fixtures that were easily color tuneable.  Enter the Kino Flo LEDs.  Light(ish) fixtures with enough output to get us to where we needed to be.

We used one Kino 850 over the top as our main light for the table then in the background we used some generic LED tubes as in shot practicals.  It would have been way easier to use the Astera Titan tubes but we shot this before those were out.

For the foreground element we added a smaller 450 Kino to help bring out the table.

Add a bunch of haze and that was it for the wides.

The Result

Behind the Scenes

Alexa LF - Full Frame

Set Up #2 - The 4 Shot

The Shots

We swap sides and punch in for a tighter 4 shot.

The Lighting

The overall lighting is the same with the addition of some smaller Kino 450 LEDs to edge out the players and create some depth plus some flags to keep the practical LEDs from ruining our contrast levels. 

The Result

Behind the Scenes

Alexa LF - Full Frame

Set Up #3 - In Tight

The Shot

The singles is where the DOF on the Alexa LF really starts to stand out.

The Lighting

We adjusted the existing fixtures from the previous set up and added another LED to act as a ctach light in the eyes.

The Result

Alexa LF - Full Frame

Set Up #4 - Another Single

The Shots

Matching the previous set up.

The Lighting

Same fixtures as above adjusted for the new camera position.

The Result

Alexa LF - Full Frame

Set Up #5 - The Last Single

The Shots

Matching the previous set up.

The Lighting

Same fixtures as above adjusted for the new camera position.

The Result

Shot #6 - The Coach Enters

The Shots

Matching the previous set up.

The Lighting

Same fixtures as above adjusted for the new camera position.

The Result

Shot #7 - In Close

Shot #8 - The Table

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Wandering DP

Cinematographer and host of The Wandering DP Podcast. You can see select examples of work at my personal site or follow me on instagram.

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