How To Replicate Early Morning Exterior Light: Into The Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON: 34 Minutes of Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the-Scene Stills, and Equipment Breakdown List and Top Down Lighting Schematics

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  With Into the Badlands, I wanted everything to be a bit unique and have a surreal quality of light. I had lots of color contrast between warm and cool tones, strong cyan colored moonlight, and strange sunlight patterns through leaves or the clouds. These made Badlands feel like a different world.  But with all these aspirations you still need to make your days.

As a Cinematographer you are going to be ask to pull of the impossible.  How do you do it?  How do you react to these days in your schedule?  How do you prepare and communicate effectively to your team to pull this off.  This day was monstrous, being 6 7/8 pages. It also was the first day on the plantation along the Mississippi River about 45 minutes outside of New Orleans. In this lesson the big take away is how important it is to be prepared to light fast, effectively but keeping the quality and the director’s vision.

  • Creating a Key Light source through windows and doors to amplify the feeling of a day interior scene.
  • Flipping a scene from a Day Interior to a Night Interior.
  • Establishing Day Exteriors at Sunset, creating a “Golden Hour” mood and tone.
  • Establishing mood and tones in Lighting of different characters entering each others “worlds.”
  • Planning your day to cover 7 pages of multiple scenes – making your day and capturing great material.