This week on the podcast we take a look at a recent commercial we shot and discuss scheduling and how to make your locations work for you rather than against you.

Every cinematographer dreams of pulling off a Nomadland style job with magic hour shots left, right, and center but in the commercial world where the dollar rules all those chances are few and far between.

As a cinematographer you have to have the ability to adjust to the schedule and get the best looking images you can given the circumstances.

In this episode we take a look at what that meant on a recent spot shot here in sunny Western Australia.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look!

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Donut Days - The Spots

These spots were filmed in one day and they were 2 15 second spots consisting of the same gag in each.  A ball flies out of nowhere and hits one of the guys on the head.  They fall, you laugh.

That is all she wrote.

Camera Gear:

We shot this on the Alexa Mini LF and the Cooke Speed Panchros.

Everything was shot at 800 ISO except for the wide scenes (they were 1280).  We shot open gate for reframe options and used Prores 4444 XQ.

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - The Lurker

The Shot

Wide opening shot to establish the scene layout.

The Lighting

We had a 20x20 of 1.4 grid overhead to cut the harsh sun.  It was more to cut the shadown from the awning but once it was up we left it for continuity.

Then we used a 12x12 Ultra Bounce to bounce from frame left and then had Black Neg wrapped and tied to the overhead everywhere else to cut any stray return light/fill.

The Result

Set Up #2 - The Punch In

The Shot

Man in focus gets hit by a ball in the back of the head and falls out of shot.

The Lighting

See above.  The only thing we did was move everything closer so we could control the levels better.  We also added a mirror bounce to the background to help get some level.

The Result

Set Up #3 - The Texture

The Shot

A continuation of the previous shot with a rack focus to this character.

The Lighting

See above.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The CC Shot

The Shot

Over the shoulder product reveal on the phone.

The Lighting

We blacked off some areas of the overhead to get the grass a bit darker behind the hand.

We brought in a smaller 4x4 diffusion frame which was very thick to help wrap the top light diffusion even further around the hand.

We also moved in all the neg to soak up any stray light bouncing around.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The Close

The Shot

We cut out to reveal the reaction of the BBQ guy.

The Lighting

Same as Shot #2.

The Result

Shot #6 - The Wide Jetty

The Shot

We are wide as the guy frame right casts his line of the jetty.

The Lighting

There was no space to bounce any light from as we only had the one small camera boat.  This meant all the lighting came down to orientation to sun and time of day.

The Result

Shot #7 - The Back of the Head

The Shot

Guy checks phone, gets hit with a ball in the back of the head, and falls into the water out of shot.

The Lighting

We moved the talent away from the edge of the jetty and used an 8x8 of bleached muslin to bounce some of the sun back as a key wrap.

Frame left we have two 4x4 floppies adding contrast by taking light away from the near side.

The Result

Shot #8 - The Rack

The Shot

A continuation of the previous shot.

The Lighting

See above.

The Result

Shot #9 - The CC Part 2

The Shot

The classic credit card/phone shot.

The Lighting

WE had a 4x4 frame over the top of the hand and then neg all around the body of the talent and camera right.

The Result

Shot #10 - The Stare

The Shot

Reaction shot once this guy sees the talent hit the water.

The Lighting

Here we used the same set up as the other shot with the bounce and neg but because we were able to come on more of an angle towards the sun we could get way more contrast in the scene.

The Result

Shot #11 - The Finale

The Shot

Main talent in water basking in his victory.

The Lighting

Donuts.

The Result

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