This is Part 2 of the Lighting Workshop I organized with cinematographer Eric Kress during Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios.
PART 1 of Eric Kress' workshop has been very popular. Thank you for all the encouragements and thoughtful comments !
If you haven't seen PART 1 (see all links at very bottom of post), I strongly recommend viewing it before watching PART 2, which will make a lot more sense if you've seen what came before.
Matilda Jelse in sunlit variation from the Workshop by Eric Kress
In PART 1 (see links at very bottom of post) of the workshop video, Eric introduced the workshop and then demonstrated 3 lighting variations around a window on the sound stage set:
1. one exterior soft key source
2. adding an exterior poly bounce as a background light
3. adding an interior fill
Here in PART 2, Eric adds 3 more variations:
4. an exterior hard light "sun" source (with gaffer tape finger)
5. an interior backlight
6. replacing the side fill with an interior top light
diagrams & stills
Illustrated in the slide show below are
- variation 3 (the last set-up from part 1)
- variations 4-5-6 in part 2
During the workshop Eric was wonderful about sharing every step of his creative process, honestly describing problems encountered, and clearly explaining his problem-solving approach.
Watch on YouTube
I feel that Eric's addition of sunlight really transforms the scene. This is a good example of how a touch of hard light can make a scene come alive.
In the Master Class that we held before the Workshop, Eric stated that he felt that he "didn't really understand how to use top light". It's to his credit that he proposed top light as a variation in the Workshop. The 800 watt Joker prepped for Matilda's top light was too strong, so a little time was spent bringing it down. This included increasing the soft key light and closing down the lens. We switched to a 200-watt top light for the reverse shot.
In any case, Eric was not happy with the final top light result, but he thought it interesting to show the Workshop how the high source changes Matilda's face. I agree that the look is less flattering than the side fill, but it could definitely work for some stories or settings. The master of effective top light is, of course, the great Gordon Willis.
workshop & video credits
cinematographer - ERIC KRESS
moderator - Benjamin B
Pontus Tornqvist Loven
gaffer - Luisa Fanciullacci
1st AC - Filip Lyman
set designer - Kristina Sandfors
on-set DIT/editor - Jonas Andersson
producers - Benjamin B & Michael Petersen
Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios
with the support of
Marc Galerne - K5600 Lighting Europe
Jacques Delacoux - Transvideo
Anders Johannsson - Media Teknik
video cameramen - Abdul Danesh, Michael Petersen, Nokokure Zaire
video editor - Barbaros Gokdemir
A video by Benjamin B
Eric Kress website
imdb: Eric Kress
wikipedia: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 by Niels Arden Oplev)
YouTube: trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
wikipedia: Borgen TV series
Gokinema - yearly event with workshops, seminars, trade show
Barbaros Gokdemir on vimeo
imdb: Barbaros Gokdemir
Robert Hardy offers insightful comments on the Part 2 video for nofilmschool
The next post in the series is Part 3
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 1
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 2
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 3
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 4
see part 3 or 4 for links to download the original footage