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On today's show we go behind the scenes of a television commercial to look at how circumstances outside of our control shaped the direction of the final photography.

In today's world of commercial cinematography there is often a choice between time on set or time in post and we explore a very specific example of that situation in this episode.

Patreon Podcast: Patreon Breakdowns

This week over on Patreon we take an extensive look at the lighting and lensing of some user submitted projects.  This type of breakdown struck a chord last week and I think we may have found ourselves a new format.

Basically we are breaking down projects submitted by listeners and discussing the good and the bad.  By branching out and looking at a wide range of projects and budgets we can start to see the common ideas that are working.

The video went a bit long (it is over 40 minutes of breakdown) but I think there was some good stuff in there.

To view the video simply click on the link below:

Patreon Podcast: Patreon Breakdowns

The Gear

- Arri Amira: 25fps, 180 degree shutter, 3.2k Prores, ISO 800

- Arri Master Primes: 25mm, 32mm, 40mm

The Spot - Sky Replacements

Shot #1 - The Wide

The Shot:

The wide shot establishing the characters and their physical relation to one another.

The Lighting: 

Using the sun as the back light and timing the schedule meant we could bounce back enough fill to keep things consistent with the closer shots.

The Results:

Shot #2 - Punching In

The Shot:

Our first punch in with talent speaking directly to camera.

The Lighting: 

The sun is still in a position to add some backlight and to shape things we used a 12x12 Neg on camera left and a 12x12 Ultra bounce on camera left to lift his key side level.

The Results:

Shot #3 - The Open

The Shot:

This is our opening shot in the ad and sets the look for the entire piece.

The Lighting: 

The sun had disappeared and the clouds had set in by this time.  We used even more 12x12 Negs to shape the foreground and let the background fall where it did.

The Results:

Behind the Scenes

An on set still taken with my Leica.

Shot #4 - The Close Up

The Shot:

This is where our talent delivers the money line.

The Lighting: 

The sun was completely gone so we used the same set up as before and shaped accordingly as we could now move the camera closer to talent.

The Results:

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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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