Category: Lighting Plans


Here I helped Dumitru Langham BSC conduct an interview for ADHD Solutions in Leicester. It took two days to film. Demitru set up appointments to film a wide range of people in various age groups that are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The first day Joey Lever and I had set up the 3 point lighting using redheads, 1 profiling key light which was diffused and 2 fill lights.  Demitru was filming the interviews, Joey was on audio, and I was documenting everything. The second day Demitru was filming again while I was on audio with the zoom microphone, and also documenting everything. Demitru and I had set up the lights this time only using two flolights that were both diffused. Above is the footage that I recored documenting the interview as well as the procedure of the production. None of the audio from the zoom mic was used in this video. I edited in Adobe Premier Pro and used copyright free music called Aretes produced by Kevin Macleod. Below is a picture of me setting up the one of the redhead lights on day one (photo credit to Joey Lever).img_3074

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Below is my class doing a green screen exercise with our lecturer Jon Holmes. The completed video is supposed to go on the BMC colleges media website. It shows my fellow classmate Craig Ellis pretending to look out of a window which is actually a green screen which we add in video and chroma key later. For this task we used 5 point lighting to properly light our green screen and our subject. We used two flolights with the three point lighting kit ( two 300 watt lamps, and one 650 watt lamp) we diffused these and also put a blue gel on them to match our flolights so everything was consistent. The flolights light the green screen while the 3 point lighting kit light the subject from the side, behind, and the other side. We used the jib and attached it to our track so we can have a nice dolly motion. We put mic stands on the right side of the frame and 3 markers on the green screen to establish depth in the shot. We will get rid of this by creating a mask over them and then deleting them from view in Adobe After Effects. The video was all shot on Canon 7D and will be edited in Adobe Premier Pro.

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For this task Brad Raiser, Frankie Burrows, and myself had to install and light the green screen correctly. We came up with a lighting plan to successfully get a well-lit green screen. First we had to locate and set up the green screen, all while taking safety precautions. Once we had the green screen up we looked at our lighting plan and got to it. We decided on the portable lighting kit which comprised of two 300 watt lamps, and one 650 watt lamp. The two 300 watt lamps were positioned on either side of the subject (me) and their main purposes were to light the green screen. The 650 watt lamp was aimed to light the subject and ended up being exceedingly bright so we diffused this to soften it. We encountered a problem from the 650 watt lamp, it casted unwanted shadows on the subject. We corrected this by adding a 500 watt flood light on the lighting bar to counter the shadows. We then thought this lighting was sufficient to shoot and capture footage but we still had to check. We set up the JVC camera on the tripod to try and hook it up to my Macbook laptop. We wanted to use video scopes in Final Cut Pro to see if we had lit the green screen properly and had an accurate light reading. Since my Macbook is an older model from 2007 it takes a 6 pin firewire, so we ran into a problem to locate the 6 pin to 6 pin firewire. Since we couldn’t obtain this cable we had to make do, and find another way to measure this ambient light. We decided to use the light meter instead, and we had an average overall reading of 3.4, which we were happy with. We then filmed myself on the green screen not really doing anything in particular. I just moved a bit to show that the green screen had been properly keyed. I’ll admit that our lighting wasn’t perfect. If I could make one suggestion it would be to add a light (such as a parcan) behind the subject to light the back to make it so the light sources come from every angle. This all and all was a good learning experience for me and my group. Below is a picture of my instructor, Tony, and his lesson on ideal lighting plans for green screen, as well as our own groups lighting plan that we used.

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Focus Pull Script and Storyboard For Lighting a Scene:

By Richard Holmes

Fade In:Image

A low wide establishing shot looking up of long dimly lit corridor (use mini tripod). Natural light is coming through the
windows, and a light at the far end of the corridor (left side) is flickering off and on every couple of seconds staying on for only for a moment.

A man comes out from a room and into an abandoned corridor and starts walking up (right side of the frame) towards the
exit of the corridor. (Towards the camera). Focal pull as he get closer to the exit.

Cut to a mid shot from the side (showing the natural light from the windows falling on him) and a slow track shot of the man walking toward the exit. He is positioned to the left side of the shot giving him plenty of room to walk showing that he
is heading towards the exit.

Cuts back to the establishing low long shot of the corridor. The man is still walking on the right side of the corridor; he is about half way to the exit (where the camera is Image (2)positioned) the light in the background is still flickering on the left side of the screen but out of focus. The light is on then goes off, when it comes back on there is a blurry figure standing right underneath it. The man is unaware of this mysterious figure behind him and continues walking towards the exit.

Over the shoulder track shot of the man walking on the left side of the frame with the exit door on the right side of frame in view.  A distanced mumbled voice that incomprehensible makes the man slowly stop right before getting to the exit.

Cuts back to the establishing long shot (only this isn’t on the mini tripod but a regular tripod to include the mans facial expressions). The man is in front of camera (right side of frame) staring just pass the camera ( he looks confused as well as a bit afraid). The blurry figure is still on the left side with the light still flickering on and off. He slowly turns (right) to face the blurry figure. As the man finishes turning around and is fully facing the figure the focus get pulled to reveal who the mysterious figure is. The distance mumbled voice is now clear and the now clear figure yells, “ What are you doing?  I said get out of here! RUN!

Image (3)Cuts to a mid shot with the exit just over the right side of the mans shoulder. His facial expression shows he is less afraid but more confused.

Cuts back to an over the shoulder shot of the man with the figure still in focus. A masked man comes from around the corner by the figure and runs fast toward the man standing by the exit.

Final shot is a fast point of view(of masked man) long track shot approaching the man. His facial expression is now frightened beyond all belief as the camera  . The man screams as the camera is toward the end of the track. Then it cuts to black.