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.