Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Christmas in August.

Normally, the goal of lighting is not to be noticed – we’re trying to mimic or enhance natural light – key lights have to come from the same direction even when the camera turns around, more than one shadow is a no-no, a light has to look like it’s coming from a logical source, etc…

Unless one is shooting in a nightclub – then, all the crazy colors come out. Special flourescent tubes in bright colors (yellow, pink, red, blue), all manner of gels (my favorite: “Surprise Pink” which looks more lavender than pink, but what do I know?) in every color of the rainbow.

Most gaffers can barely contain their glee – finally! A chance to break away from that boring daylight and tungsten! Two shadows? Who cares? It’s a club! What the hell – hit ’em with another light and make three shadows just because we can!  Where’s the key light coming from? Where ever the hell I want, that’s where!

Party lighting can have its own problems – certain colors aren’t advisable for certain things (never light women or food with green lights. Trust me), but on the whole it’s a lot of fun for everyone.

Also, it’s gotten hot in LA so it was nice to be inside in an air-conditioned building. We’re back out frying in the sun tomorrow.

Filed under: locations, Work

2 Responses

  1. Amanda A. says:

    That’s the surprise. As in, “surprise, it’s not pink!” We used it a lot in musicals during college.

  2. Frank says:

    So it was you guys screwing up traffic on Lincoln yesterday? :-)

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