This week on the podcast we are breaking down a commercial I shot early last year.
The spot combines a small interior bedroom set up and a working retail space so there are quite a few hurdles to jump over to get the job done.
Enjoy the breakdown and if you have any questions please let me know!
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Patreon Breakdown: The Fundamentals of Caring
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The main scene we focus on is a great example of something that might read very simple on the page but once you start to do the mental math of the coverage needed it can get very complicated very quickly.
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A New Leaf - The Spot
We shot this on the Alexa Mini LF in Full Sensor mode and used the Cooke Speed Panchros which cover from 40mm and up.
A slightly wider lens would have been nice in the bedroom interior but we knew what we were up against on the scout and decided the pros the Panchros offered outweighed the cons.
The Location - Retail and Residential
For this spot we were based in two very different locations.
The first we are going to look at is a real bedroom in a small condo. It was a very tight fit and locations were limited in the area we needed them so sacrifices had to be made. If we would have had a little bit more room we could have altered the light in camera to more closely represent what we wanted out of the final image.
The other location was a working retail shop inside a typical mini-mall environment. Terrible overhead lighting needed to be attended to and lighting options were limited as the store had several restrictions.
The Spot - Shot by Shot
Set Up #1 - The Bedroom
The camera slowly pushes in on the talent as he plays the guitar.
The idea was to create a wash of soft key light using a sliding door frame right then accent the BG with a harder slash. The limited space and access to the shooting area meant we had to scrap the harder accent on the day and just use the soft key which flattened things out quite a bit.
We used a 4k HMI outside and pushed it through a 12x12 and the sheers on the sliding door.
Inside to provide some much needed wrap we used an Arri Skypanel S-60 with a softbox and grid.
We also pushed some haze in the room to help give us some depth.
Frame right the wall you can't see is covered with Neg.
Set Up #2 - The Same But Closer
Same push in but we bumped up a lens and moved the track closer.
Set Up #3 - The Mirror Reverse
We shot into the mirror to show that the talent was actually playing for himself.
Same as shot #1 but we added a small tube light frame left to just lift the darkest area of the image and fatten the exposure a little. The effect is very slight.
Set Up #4 - Retail Coverage
Our hero talent chatting with the salesman about the product.
We killed all the overhead lights at the location to clean the palette up and then added our own key and ambient light sources.
For the key we used an Arri M18 through a 12x12 and the used a 4k through another frame for the mid ground BG area.
We used a Skypanel for the edge light and then added Neg all along frame right.
Set Up #5 - The Reverse
The reverse of the conversation with the salesman.
We used all the same fixtures as shot #4 but rotated them accordingly.
Shot #6 - The Approach
The hero talent walks along a selection of guitars before eyeing up his favorite.
Same as above.
Set Up #7 - The Exit
The hero talent exits the store with his newly purchased guitar.
We waited until magic hour to help balance the store interior with the exterior reflections in the window. We had to do multiple passes with different talent so the balance only increase as we continued shooting.
Frame left is 2 12x12 of Neg to help add some contrast to the natural soft magic hour light.