Here is something new we are adding. I would like to begin a discussion of ideas on how to accomplish some visual pictures. I will post an interesting photo that incorporates scenery and lighting and throw out my ideas on how to accomplish it. Then I invite others to make suggestions on how they would do it. There is never one way of do something.
If I was challenged to either recreate this image or simply use it as inspiration my first thought goes to, what are the layers? I ask myself this question because different layers will be treated differently both with lighting and physical placement.
- SKY – The furthest most upstage part of this picture is the sky itself. There are a few ways that I would ask for this to be done. Either the look is painted in and I simply have to backlight the drop to give it luminescence or it is a dark blue piece of fabric that I then use some large open patterns with some light and middle blues to blend the mottled look. I would play with some Roscolux 63, Roscolux 65 and Roscolux 381. I would also play with some of the gobos of this style… http://www.stagelightingstore.com/Stage-Lighting-Store/Blob-Breakup-Steel-Gobos
- MOON – The moon wants to be a frosted piece of plexi with some craters sandpapered (scraped) into the surface. I would love to put a hole in the backdrop and be able to really pump some N/C light through that hole illuminating the moon. You may find that you would want a circle of light from the front of the moon at about 20-30%. I really hope not but until you play with it you really won’t know.
- HAZE – I’m hoping the light that bounces off of the moon from behind and with haze in the air gives those straight lines of light in the atmosphere.
- THIN BRANCHES – I would love to see these a few feet downstage of the moon and real actual branches spray painted black. Not treated with light just left to the silhouette.
- LARGE TREES – Flat cutouts further downstage then the thin branches covered with a thick black duvateen or velour. Not treated with light just left to the silhouette.
A picture like this has to have the scenery and the lighting working together.
Give us your ideas, how would you do it?