On the show today we are finally branching out and breaking down a bit of a different style TVC.

It isn't very often we get to look at something a bit more fashion and that is exactly what we are doing today.  Not much lighting from an electric point of view in this episode but lots of focus on shooting schedule, location, and orientation and how those things come together to create the final image.

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Fashion Film - The Spot

Camera Gear:

We shot this on the Alexa Mini LF paired with the Sigma Cine Primes.

The only diffusion was some light Black Promist use.

For lighting it is primarily Ultra Bounce and Neg for exterior work and some LED tubes for the interior scenes.

The Spot - Shot by Shot

Shot 1 - The Morning Beach

The Shot

The ad ends with a slow push in on a jockey as he eye balls the camera.

The Lighting

This was the hero shot of the ad so we made the best use of the location and the light and scheduled this shot as the first of the day.

We oriented the action so that the camera was facing North and used a 4x4 frame of highlight to cut the sun on the talent.  Then we used a 12x12 of Ultra bounce to wrap the sun on his key side.

Finally we had two 4x4 floppies camera right to create the contrast we were after.

The Result

Storyboard

Set Up #2 - The Front Light CU

The Shot

Lady walks camera left to right and notices the stage in the middle of the beach.

The Lighting

WE used the sky soft box from the morning sun as the key and added shape by walking an 8x8 of Neg frame left.

The Result

The Storyboard

Set Up #3 - The Pinnacles

The Shot

The camera rushes forward as dancers exit frame and the singer belts out a tune.

The Lighting

We needed to shoot for both pre-dawn looks and sun up looks.  

Frame right is an 8x8 of Ultra Bounce and frame left is a series of Neg frames trying to suck up as much of the light as possible from the fill side.

The Result

Set Up #4 - The Grand Wide

The Shot

Closer version of above.

The Lighting

The sun had moved up in the sky by the time we moved in.  We brought all the gear from the wider shot closer and added a 4x4 frame of Hi-Lite frame right for the sun.

The Result

The Storyboard

Set Up #5 - The Model Toss

The Shot

Model throws dress in the air and camera pushes in.

The Lighting

Same as above but now we have an 8x8 Hi-Lite to diffuse the sun as we have moved wider and there is more of here to cover than a 4x4 would do.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #6 - The Orchard

The Shot

Model chillin' in the back of an old time truck.

The Lighting

We used a 12x12 Ultra Bounce for the Sun return and then a 12x12 of Neg flopped over frame left to cut the ambient return.

The Result

Set Up Location

Shot #7 - The Neon World

The Shot

The dancing couple dances their way across the frame.

The Lighting

These tubes where all installed and controlled by an operator who was able to instantly pull up any movement or arrangement of color we needed.

We added some par cans in the BG to accent the haze and then moved the levels up and down as the dancers made their way through the scene.

The Result

Shot #8 - The Fashion Pose

The Shots

Models weaving in and out of the LED strips looking at the camera.

The Lighting

We used the in shot LED practicals to sell the mood and then double up a few of the tubes just off camera to act as the key light.

The Result

The Storyboard

Shot #10 - The Exit

The Shots

Same as above.

The Lighting

Same as above.

The Result

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