TV Lighting | How to Film Day interiors

TV Lighting | How to Film Day interiors

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Shooting scenes in houses is a very common situation you will find yourself in as a cinematographer. Especially during the day, you need to figure out how to use the existing light to add to the look you are going for with the shot. You also need to know how to balance different sources in a space, with different brightnesses and color temperatures. Today, director of photography Seannie Bryan walks us through how to shoot a day interior bedroom scene, in the style of teen drama TV show.

In this video, Seannie shows us the steps she takes when shooting a day interior bedroom scene. In the first shot, she used lighting mixed with natural light to create a more natural look to the scene. In the second shot, she pushed in to get more of the character’s reaction, while making subtle changes to the lighting.

The main techniques we will be discussing today are using mixed color temperatures, using a locations existing light, and using lighting changes within the shot. Mixing color temperatures is when you have lighting sources in the scene that aren’t all the same color temperature. In this case the scene had lights that were 5600K and 3200K. This adds realism to your lighting. Using a location’s existing lighting is when you use the natural light or practicals in your shot. In this case we used the sun that was coming through the window in addition to our lighting. Using lighting changes in the shot is when you dim or strike a light during a take, also called a lighting cue. This can add more visual interest to a shot and also create a sense of surrealism.

There are hundreds of different ways to light a scene. The choices you make regarding lighting and camera work are going to be directly related to the story you are trying to tell. A location can also look a hundred different ways, depending on the way you light it. Knowing the feeling that you want to create in your audience with a particular scene will help inform your lighting decisions in a way that will benefit the overall project. Lighting starts with story, every decision comes from there.

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