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  • Lighting for a web commercial question

    Posted by Olivier Prudhomme on January 15, 2020 at 2:26 am

    Web commercial for yoga outfit.
    Will be shot in a yoga studio
    4 actors : 1 teacher 3 students
    1 scene: yoga class, teacher facing students

    It is a $5000 budget job so no room for joker or M10 or 8

    I want an even soft lighting that covers the whole scene.

    I was thinking of renting the ARRI Skype funnel SC60.
    Is this a good idea? Would I need more power? Should I get two?
    Any other executions or ideas are welcome
    Thanks to all who share their knowledge and experience t

    Los Angeles – TV Promo Editor – Ppro – AVID

    Jamie Kennerley replied 4 years ago 4 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Mark Suszko

    January 16, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    No idea until I see the room or at least a drawing.

  • Olivier Prudhomme

    January 16, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Image upload isn’t working.
    Hopefully this link does…


    Los Angeles – TV Promo Editor – Ppro – AVID

  • Mark Suszko

    January 17, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I’d want to understand the blocking and camera shots you’re after. That makes a huge difference.

    But a few impressions and questions from the photo of the dojo;

    I don’t know what the “tone” of this shoot is supposed to be: is it an actual martial arts teaching thing, where you’re going for a more immediate sports-type look, or is it something dramatic and artistic, with movie-type mood lighting? Is the camera fixed or moving? is there more than one simultaneous camera or camera angle?

    My impression from a quick google is that one Arri skypanel alone isn’t going to be enough for anything but maybe single shots or at best, a 2-shot.

    I’d probably buy rolls of window gel, to match the indoor color temp of the indoor lighting, instead of renting the skypanel or shoot at night and hit the windows with some blue lights from outside… if the windows need to be in the shots at all. It’s your script and your blocking, so that’s under your control. If you can leave windows out of the shot, it makes life easier in terms of backlighting and color balance issues. If you treat the gels kindly they can be re-used a number of times.

    I’m sorry about all the speculating but really if you want the best help, we should be seeing a storyboard or some overhead drawing showing the blocking and filling in these missing details, and then the right tools and techniques will tend to present themselves.

  • Olivier Prudhomme

    January 17, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Creativecow limitations.. Uploads don’t see to be working for me…
    It’s a “commercial” for a diet supplement.
    I want nice “fresh”, even lit, bright
    Only one teacher and 3 students so the establishing wide won’t be more than 20 feet wide. The rest is full body, medium and CU.
    Never pointing at the windows which I’ll block anyway.
    My plan so far is to have the S60 as a key through diffusion and on opposite side a fill with another S60 on ultrabounce.
    But i get it… without seeing anything waht can you do?! ☺

    Love Creativecow and can’t blame them to do this for free…. so I won’t be mad i can’t upload pictures ☺

    Thanks for trying Mark

    Los Angeles – TV Promo Editor – Ppro – AVID

  • Mark Suszko

    January 17, 2020 at 3:12 am

    I saw the dojo picture. Posting the images does work here, I do it alltime. Make sure it’s a jpeg and not overly big.

    Are you shooting reversals at all, or is it all from one angle only?

  • Todd Terry

    January 17, 2020 at 3:29 am

    [Mark Suszko] “Posting the images does work here, I do it alltime.”

    Actually, image upload is a little bit spotty of late… there was a week long stretch not too long ago when it wasn’t working. I shot an email and pointed it out to Tim who said yes, they had been having some trouble with it, but he thought it had been fixed… he’d look into it. And it later was. It might have developed a bug again, but it does look like it’s working at the moment of this writing.


    Todd Terry
    Creative Director
    Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

  • Olivier Prudhomme

    January 17, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    well… i tried again, with a jpg, only 1mb… and it failed.

    Los Angeles – TV Promo Editor – Ppro – AVID

  • Jamie Kennerley

    May 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Did you shoot this Olivier? How’d it go? And is it online anywhere for us to see?



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