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    I think you can do it with a lot less hassle. I'd love to see that .mov (or even just a sinple screencapture) to give my 2 cents.



      I'll dig something out....

      In the mantime, check out my latest, sans audio...



        Ok, I found a computer with RealPlayer.

        This lighting is so easy if you have the right location. I'll post some similar samples of my own, but keep in mind I did not produce these as an example of the lighting you are going for, they are for my project and are what I was going for.

        Now, your BT commercial. As you watch, what you will notice is the actors moving in and out of the light. Sometimes they are very dark, other times they are in the light and well lit all the while the windows keep the same exposure.

        If you notice how many windows there are and that they are all open with light pouring through with no apparant lights on the actors, I would bet that this was entirely naturally lit. There is nothing in that commercial that you cant do yourself, without a lighting kit, given you have ample windows/windowlight.

        The exterior is blown out, that implies no interior light kit (as well as the actors never being evenly lit) and no ND on the windows to balance exterior exposure with a lit interior exposure.

        Here are some grabs from my project. Try to focus on the subject at hand, though.

        I will get people telling me (even though I'm writing this now) that my whites are blown. I know this. Not only are the whites blown, but the blacks will be crushed in post. So you know the motivation, my movie is very dark and taking place at night, and this is a flashback scene that takes place in the morning with bright sunlight streaming through the kitchen window. My film varies between underexposed night shots, slightly under day shots and a couple overexposed flashbacks. The flashbacks are never unnaturally overexposed, they fit the time of day and feel.

        BTW, I used a light kit in this because I needed the hallway to be as dark as possible and I didnt have enough windowlight to blow out the kitchen yet keep the hallway pitch dark.

        Here is the scene, no lighting, just window light.

        WB is not set to daylight, but to Tungsten which is why the WB is off here. Correct for actual shots.

        Here is the same shot with the light.

        "You've blown your whites! You cant get that back. waaaaa!" Yeah, I know. Got it.

        Here is the kitchen looking at the window. Light off. It's a 750w Lowel Tota right in front of the window.

        And another.

        But for that shot we removed the Tota, exposed to blow out the natural window lighting and put a 250w Lowel Pro w/ 16" softbox on the left side of the kitchen.

        Nother from same position/setup.

        As I was going for something specific - the high contrast in the opening shot, I required a little more than just the natural light. I also wanted some good modeling on my actress throught the whole scene, be it a blown rim, or strong sidelighting, I wanted the feel that this room was bombarded with sunlight.

        With your commercial, it doesnt have those same requirements. Actors in and out of the light, reletively flat lighting on them except when they are right in it. (From what I remember, but I cant watch it again right now.)

        Anyway, hope any of that helps, and the light kit I used was a reasonable priced kit. Maybe $500, probably less for what I used for the scene. BTW, though, that's the only use for that Tota that I have found yet, Not my favorite light.

        Let me know if that helps.



          Let me know if that helps.

          Gage - thanks, very much appreciated. I think I know what I need to do now.

          Really appreciate you taking the time to help out a noob like me.



          PS - Film looks good, is it complete yet?