This is Part 3 of the Lighting Workshop I organized with cinematographer Eric Kress during Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios.
Thanks again for all the encouragements and thoughtful comments about Parts 1 and 2 !
If you haven't seen them, I strongly recommend viewing the two previous videos -- starting with Part 1 (see links at very bottom of this post) -- before watching this one. Here, Eric shoots a matching reverse angle to what he shot before.
Pontus Tornqvist Loven in side-fill variation from the Workshop by Eric Kress
In Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop video, Eric demonstrated 6 lighting variations around a window on the sound stage set, framing Matilda over Pontus' shoulder:
A. a single exterior soft key source
B. adding an exterior poly bounce as a background light
C. adding an interior fill
D. an exterior hard light "sun" source (with gaffer tape finger)
E. an interior backlight
F. replacing the side fill with an interior top light
In PART 3, Eric does the reverse angles, shooting Pontus over Matilda's shoulder with six similar variations.
One noteworthy difference is in variation B, where Eric found that the wall behind Pontus was too dark, so he added an interior background light, in addition to the exterior poly.
diagrams & stills
Illustrated below are diagrams and keyframes for the six lighting variations in Part 3
In Part 3, Eric works faster, as he is mirroring set-ups that he presented in detail in Parts 1 and 2. As before Eric shares every step of his creative process.
At the end we look at an on-set edit that intercuts between set-ups of the dual close-ups.
Watch on YouTube
In general Eric's lighting of Pontus is a little darker than what he did with Matilda. But as we see at the end of the video, the dual close-ups still match, except in the case where the editor cut together shots from 2 different variations, and there we can easily see that shots of Matilda with fill do not cut well with shots of Pontus sans fill.
download the dailies
I have uploaded the dailies for some of the variations on Matilda and Pontus to thefilmbook wetransfer channel. This is my first attempt at crowd distribution of dailies. Email me if you have any problems: kressedit "at" thefilmbook.com
Here are the links to the Alexa HD dailies in ProRes 422:
Variation 1 (single source) -- Matilda & Pontus 1820 MB (both takes)
This will allow those interested to see what the camera original looks like. The links will be up during the month of April 2014. Please email me if you would like me to extend these links past April at: kressedit "at" thefilmbook.com
Note that dailies need to be resized, with a horizontal un-squeeze of x1.3,
yielding 2496 x 1080 pixels.
is there an editor in the house?
Also, any editors out there? I would love to see your different edits matching or mismatching the two close-ups, and will post them on the web. Feel free to put in your own audio track :)
If you would like to share an edit you made, email me:
kressedit "at" thefilmbook.com
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
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
The next post in the series is part 4
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