How To Increase Your Lighting Speed: Semi Pro

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  11 Minutes of Instructional Video, lighting, camera schematics and a glossary of terms for better learningSUPPLIED W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is Part 5 of a 6 Part series that is Blocking & Lighting from A to Z.  It takes you through my thought process on how to block a scene with the script, creating Key frames that then become the foundation for your blocking with the actors on the DAY.  Every nuance of being on set and over my shoulder as shot lists are created, blocking is finessed, lighting is perfected is revealed.

We all want to deliver more set ups for our directors, we want to enable more time for our directors to finesse a performance and we want to have time to react to serendipity moments, RIGHT!!!!  In this lesson I pull back the curtain on how I light a room for speed turnarounds, how the light just wraps and stays off of walls and delivers a three dimensional cinematic feel.

  • Understanding that placing the light on the opposite side of the camera is paramount
  • How to light a wide shot
  • What to do when you go in for the Close Ups and how I alter the light
  • What types of diffusion I use
  • Where the lights are placed for speed
  • What types of lights I am using
  • The power of a Dimmer Board operator to increase you set up count
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Bill Stone 11 days ago

Hi Shane, I love your use & idea of the batten lights – makes so much sense and you get to work with the natural beauty of tungsten light. Two questions – if you have to dim them down, to avoid battling with the lower Kelvin temp (too warm); or do simply net or diffuse them to cut the light and keep the temp constant? Second, in larger areas – let’s say the basketball court in Semi-pro – what are your go-to choices? Rows and rows of battens? Space lights? Huge home-made chicken coops? 60 Skypanels? This is a great series, thank you.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    10 days ago

      @Bill Stone Hi Bill, I prep every batten light with 1/8 and 1/4 CTB which is clipped to it on binder clips. Look at my instagram feed on "A Casa Tutti Bene" I show all the battens hanging with the color ready to deploy. I do use rows and rows of battens, I have done that before. To light the basketball court it needs to come from above, so I used these cool Spacelights that had 7-1K par lights, with a cool metal skirt that made them practical and I could shoot them. Lighting from the top enable me to shoot cinema 360 degree and increase our speed and it looked very cool. I took the example of how they used to light the Lakers at the forum as my inspiration

Dominik Bauch 28 days ago

Hi Shane, are these baten lights all one’s you build yourself? What is the commercially available alternative. Would Skypanels spill around too much if rigged in a similar configuration? Also I imagine that the Batten lights are super cost effective vs LED panels. So if you couldn’t use batten lights, what would you use instead? Thanks!

    • stevencaban    28 days ago

      @Dominik Bauch I am also very interested in this. I've never rigged this much lighting in any room. Working on a tight budget usually.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    21 days ago

      @Dominik Bauch HI Dominik, Yes I made these all by hand. No there is not really anything that emulates this light, this is why I built them because nothing in the market exists. I would not use anything else, I would build them

    • ahmed.salem555    21 days ago

      @Dominik Bauch Hello Shane, what are the capabilities of the baton light that make them unique, And nothing else emulate them ?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    21 days ago

      @Dominik Bauch Hi Ahmed, The baton light defies physics. Because of the spot globes and the perfect line of light you do not get multiple shadows and you can aim it so it has the characteristics of a hard light but it is super soft, which defies physics. AH HA. I never have to flag or shape these lights they hit the areas on want them to hit and any spill fills the room with a wonderful ambience that looks like beautiful room tone.

FlatArt 9 days ago

Hi Shane, is there any toplight hangong above Manix’s head. I trying tomfigure out how the batton light wrap so much over his hair but they are back lighting him from quite far away.

    • shanehurlbutasc    8 days ago

      @FlatArt Hi FlatArt, There was some practical china hats in the set but they were dimmed way down just for eye candy. These lights are my secret weapon

    • FlatArt    8 days ago

      @FlatArt Would you mind linking me to a pic of one? I think I can see them in the background when they enter the room.