Making Rocks & Sand Look Cool:
Updated: Mar 23, 2022
(or at least trying to)
I was in Florida last month shooting a brand film for a company called Environmental Conservation Solutions. What does this company do? I literally have no freaking idea. All I knew is that I would be filming people using sand, clay, and shredded tires and doing SOMETHING with it. There's one aspect of the shoot where there's engineers in a gritty lab running tests with those materials. And then there's another aspect where it's workers outside in hard hats working with machinery and dump trucks and shit. This post will be about all the INTERIOR b-roll setups I did: what worked, what didn't, etc.
Red Scarlet-W, 5K 8:1
Skintone Highlight OLPF
Sigma Art 18-35mm, Sigma Art 50mm
1/4 Black Pro-Mist
1 G&E swing
1 standard sprinter-van with Tungsten package
- some 2k lamps, some 1k fresnels, a couple tweenies, some inkies
-300D w/ Fresnel 2x
-6x & 8x Unbleached muslin
- 8x 1/4 grid
- 4x & 8x of 1/2 soft frost
These things usually take me awhile to write because I'm not that efficient with my time & I probably try to over-explain. So try not to get bored because I ramble. Also, note that this type of shoot moves quickly. I don't have the camera on a tripod and get to examine the frame and methodically pepper in lights. We're all handheld with my Easyrig. The decision-making process happens quickly. It's about getting enough lights in the area in GENERALLY the right places, pointed at generally the right thing, dialing in the ratios real quick, and then shooting. And then making minimal adjustments.
That's all folks. This pretty much covers most of the main setups we did for this scene. I like how most of it turned out. Honestly haze makes so much of a difference. It's like cheat-code. When you have to try to make something bland look somewhat extraordinary, add haze, film in slow motion, and have lighting that is sorta decent. That's what I did, and it seemed to work. I'll have another breakdown from this shoot coming out shortly, focusing on the interview talking head I did for this piece, and one post on the exterior setups.