Today on the podcast we are breaking down a small commercial spot that was shot right at the on set of the COVID restrictions here in Western Australia.
The crew had to be kept small, the set ups were contained and all in all I think that makes the techniques and tips we talk about in the podcast applicable to a wide range of film makers.
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COVID Crew - The New Reality
A small job in one location shot in one day during the COVID restrictions.
We used the Alexa Mini LF with Atlas Anamorphics and we shot Prores 444XQ.
The lighting was all house power fixtures so nothing larger than an Arri M18.
The Spot - Shot by Shot
Shot 1 - The Wide
Lady sitting on a bed not feeling great.
This was a tricky one as the orientation of the room relative to the sun and the time of day we had to shoot here made it challenging getting the correct levels in place.
We used the Arri M18 to bring up the ambient inside so we could hold the exposure in the windows.
For the key light we used an Arri Sky Panel pushed through a 4x4 with a grid on it.
Camera left we used 2 4x4 floppies to help control contrast and added haze to give the white walls a more muted look.
Set Up #2 - The Angle Change
A slight angle change and a lens change on the previous set up.
This is a continuation of the previous set up with everything brought slightly closer.
Set Up #3 - The Phone/Card Shot
We ditched the Arri M18 for the room tone and just used two Sky Panels to control the key and the BG.
The key was the same as before just pushing through a 4x4 frame with a grid on it. Add some neg and we were ready to shoot.
Set Up #4 - The Living Room
A young girl feels not so great on the sofa.
We used the same lights as the previous scene and in pretty much the same configuration.
The M18 acted as the BG room tone level and the Sky Panel through a larger 8x8 pice of diffusion acted as the key to help carry the level across the entire foreground.
Set Up #5 - Down the Line
Same as above but closer.
Same as above but closer.
Shot #6 - Vertical for the Win
An instagram ad element shot vertically.
WE originally planned to shoot this on the other side of the house but we were running out of time so we needed a quick fix.
We used an 8x8 of Hi Lite to take the edge off the sun which is frame right. Then we added a 4x4 poly to the front to help bring up the level in the foreground and wrap the sunlight around the face.
Shot #7 - Less than Ideal
Lady is stung by a bee.
We hot this as the first shot of the day and it was less than ideal from a lighting point of view.
The sun was below the horizion and the best aspect in the back yard of this location meant we were looking right into where the sun would come up/
We tried to keep the sun directly behind her head so we could expose for the sky and then keyed with the Arri M18 through an 8x8 from frame left.
Add a little Neg Fill from frame right and that was it.