XXL Commercial: Lighting Breakdown
This is a TV-commerical for a norwegian sporting retailer, XXL, opening in Austria now. And it happens to be my 1st time gaffing a commercial! Note that I was not the rigging gaffer.
The location & general Lighting plan
The 12k is bounced into the roof, providing a nice even fill light that can be dimmed up or down. The key was usually soft tungsten from the right, while we had a slightly harder blue kicker or backlight from the left. It might look the opposite in some shots, because we flipped it to get the greenscreen behind in some shots. Used a bounced 2.5k HMI (I think?) and two skypanels for the blue light.
We built this sci-fi store, then extended it with VFX in post. In fact the 3D store was already made, so we tried to match the lighting. We aren't using a real studio because the city of Trondheim doesn't have one that is big enough. Note that I wasn't there to rig the kino-flos and main greenscreen.
These 3 lights lit the greenscreen. Cleverly hidden, but would have been nice to have more fixtures available for a more even screen.
How it was lit
One skypanel low on each side to simulate lights from the city. I think it was set to candlelight mode. Ambient from dimmed down 12k hitting the roof of our location.
Skypanels in candlelight-mode bounced into two large bounceboards, while flagging the direct light off her face.
My favorite shot is this one. I love the blue overexposure on her camera left cheek. Really gives me old-school sci-fi vibes. One skypanel on each side behind her. Chimera lantern in front. When I saw it I thought of the image below.
No VFX shot
Okay so we had this side-shot, but no more greenscreen to spare. So what do you do? REALLY shallow dept of field and patchwork job of the year!
I would probably encourage people to keep their cables more organised than seen above. If I remember correctly we didn't have enough so could only have the shortest path. I love the output and customizability the skypanels give, although I miss the lightweight of the Kino-Flo select. Hope you enjoyed! For comments, criticism or questions, reach me on twitter/instagram @tonivuc, or leave a comment here!
I'm a freelance gaffer. I also do basic grip work.