We are back at it with another cinematography breakdown this week on the podcast.  In this episode we are looking at retail commercial spot that is a little bit brighter than what we normally breakdown on the podcast.

One of the biggest joys of working in commercials in the sheer variety of jobs that a DP will get exposed to over a period of time.  You can go from something dark and gritty on Monday to light and bright on Tuesday.  

Today's show is all about trying to keep shape when lighting things up a bit more than usual.

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High Key Lighting - Creating Shape

This commercial was the stock standard goodies for gear and lighting.  No special toys to mention but we did shoot Prores 4444 on the Alexa XT with a set of Ultra Primes.

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The Spot - High Key Lighting

Set Up #1 - The Crane

The Shots

The camera start was up above the talent and then rushes down towards the floor as the extra lift the spokeswoman in to the air.

The Lighting

The most challenging part of the lighting was keeping it consistent with the rapid weather changes happening outside.

We used a 12k and an M40 inside to provide the key and the wrap.  Both of those lights were frame left and qwuite fronty.  They were pushed through multiple layers of diffusion to get the right amount of softness yet still have enough level to balance with the outside light.

Outside was a series of smaller HMIs with a 6k and a few M40s punching through the windows.

The Result

Behind the Scenes

Set Up #2 - The Close

The Shot

A tighter version of the previous shot for the final cut in the ad.

The Lighting

The lighting stayed exactly the same but the diffusion was brought closer to the edge of frame to help make the light a little bit more flattering.

The Result

Set Up #3 - The Walk & Talk

The Shot

Now we use the crane to push in and follow the talent as she makes her way in to the center of the circle.

The Lighting

The main challenge here was keeping exposure consistent over the entire length of the walk and move.  The location wasn't the biggest so we actually had to park the crane outside and push all of the lights up against the wall in order to get the length of walk we needed.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Reveal

The Shots

The opposite of the previous shot.  Now the camera pulls out while the talent remains in her spot.

The Lighting

We kept everything the same but moved the diffusion just to the edge of frame at position #2.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Flat Wide

The Shot

This was just a static flatter wide for the 2nd spot in the series.

The Lighting

The lighting was drastically different at this point because of what was happening outside with the weather and cloud cover.

We added an M18 inside frame right to help edge the talent out of the background.

The Result

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