On the show this week we are taking a look behind the scenes at a recent commercial I shot.

We go over some sim travel car work, lighting a space with minimal fixtures, and the benefits of working at higher ISOs.

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One Room, Two Looks - The Spot

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We shot on the Alexa Mini LF with Cooke Speed Panchros.  The 40, 50, and 75mm are the only lenses that cover the larger sensor so we kept it to those focal lengths.

For lighting it was some knock off LEDs for the green screen work, a 1.2k HMI, a joker 800, and a set of 8 Titan Tubes.  That was it.

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - Day Travel

The Shots

We had a bunch of sim travel shots we needed to do for the day and night options in the TVC.

The Lighting

We keyed with a 1.2k HMI through a 4x4 frame from frame left then wrapped with a set of Titan Tubes above camera.

The slash is a Joker 800 knocked way back and the green screen is a series of knock off LEDs panels.

The Result


Set Up #2 - Night Travel

The Shot

The same series of shots as above but played for night.

The Lighting

We stills used the 1.2k but knocked the level out of it and raised it so it was higher than the previous set up.

We used the Titan tubes that were above camera before to act as constant headlight road bounce from frame left.  They are just on top of the hood of the car and dimmed and gridded.

We also added 4 Titan Tubes in a chase sequence to act as passing street lamps.

We also added a passing headlight gag using two dimmed down 650w tungsten lamps from behind camera frame right.

For the blueish backlight we had an Arri Skypanel s-60.

The Result

Set Up #3 - The Bedroom

The Shot

The camera dollies down the side of the bed and tracks in on the sleeping man's face.

The Lighting

This was our last set up of the day and we tried to slim things down as much as possible.

We had one Titan Tube with a grid above the terrible LED practical.  The LED was as low as it could go so that we could keep the bad color off his face.

Then we used two Titan Tubes in a overhead rig to act as night ambient frame left.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Doctor

The Shot

The camera tracks right to left as the doctor tells people to get more sleep before getting behind the wheel.

The Lighting

We used a series of titan tubes, both as practicals and out of shot, to get the room as dark as we could.  

There is our two tube set up overhead dimmed way down and then one tube frame right through a 4x4 frame of diffusion.

For the BG there are tubes camera left and right to bring up the ambient in the room and provide some contrast as the camera dollies.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Take Off

The Shot

Same as above but tighter.

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

Shot #6 - The Fly By

The Shot

The nurses rush in as the patient the doctor is sitting next to flat lines.  

The Lighting

We put the curtains on a pair of c stands then lit the shot with two titan tubes through a 8x4 series of diffusion frames.

In the BG we again had a set of Titan tubes to set the room tone.

The Result

Shot #7 - The Reveal

The Shot

The nurses rush in as we switch from locked off to handheld and follow the nurses to the side of the bed as they try and save the man.

The Lighting

We have the Titan tube practical taped to the wall and then above the frame our two light Titan diaper set up.  The two tubes are roughly two feet apart with a loose piece of diffusion hung between them to maximize the effective surface area of the diffusion.

The Result

Shot #9 - Same but Closer

The Shot

The final mark for the previous shot.

The Lighting

See previous shot.  

The Result

Shot #10 - In the Gates

The Shot

The final shot of the ad as the graphics appear frame left.

The Lighting

Same as above but we moved the diaper set up further from camera and turned a BG tube on to help spread the room tone.

The Result

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