The videos from this first season will eventually be posted on groundlings.com. Not all fit into the “one light kit or less” criteria, so here’s a post about one that does…
Rocker Face, exists in the dark and depressing world of aging rockers who never quite made it, but keep a tight grip on their hopes and dreams. The band members are willing to do whatever it takes to make it big, even if that means kicking out their loyal drummer because his face doesn’t quite mesh with their hardcore image.
CREW: (1) AC, (1) grip, (1) sound
LIGHTING: no film lights, only practicals and household halogen bulbs
CAMERA: Alexa Mini
LENSES: Rokinon primes (24, 35, 50, 85mm)
COLOR: Davinci Resolve
I have been thinking about practicals lately and how much more efficient it seems to build the lighting into your set as opposed to always needing more money to rent a bunch of film lights, hire several people to help set them up, crowd up the set with a bunch of extra stands, etc. Plus, let’s face it, the budget just isn’t always there. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could get away with shooting a professional product using zero film lights?
Rocker Face was shot in the dressing room backstage at the Groundlings Theatre. We wanted a very grungy look, as if the scene took place backstage at (name-any-venue) on The Sunset Strip. Considering this is what the Groundlings dressing room normally looks like, it took a wee bit of production design:
BEHIND THE SCENES
With careful planning and scouting, you can eliminate the need for traditional film lighting…though it’s definitely better to have a few close by just in case.