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Benjamin Handler

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  1. Hello all, Just finished watching the new Dune film. It's beautifully shot. In particular I enjoyed the night exteriors in the desert. The film has about ~30 minutes of night exteriors that feel like this beautiful, diffuse blue hour, but last for what must've taken days or weeks of actual production time. Any idea how this was done? From my experience shooting blue hour, you don't get much time and it's a race to film before you lose light, and can be tough to match in post with the light constantly changing. That seems prohibitive for a production of this size, though I know Chloe Zhao has done scenes like that (though much more contained scenes) Am I naive, and this is on a stage? Or some sort of elaborate day-for-night? I can't imagine lighting the desert would be possible, as there are many expansive wides. Nor does this feel like a stage. Can't attach screenshots unfortunately but see here on the Dune trailer below, close-up : https://youtu.be/n9xhJrPXop4?t=86 wide : https://youtu.be/n9xhJrPXop4?t=170 Appreciate your all's thoughts
  2. appreciate all the feedback immensely, guys. From the advise I gleaned here, we ended up checking out a lowel ViP halogen light w/ a snoot from the university here in town. After some tests, using proved a bit ungainly and director didn't like being tethered to a wall outlet. We ditched the idea for most the video. The one scene we did make front-y we used a titan tube attached to the trunk of a car I was shooting out the back of (strapped in, ofc). Not totally the same, but in the same world I think. results here : http://benjaminhandler.com/index.php/galleries/tj-stone-break-the-bank/ (not trying to plug my page just images too big to upload) Hope to get a gig where I can try some of the above ideas you all suggested. the front-y look is captivatingly off-putting, and I want to try experimenting more with breaking some of the traditional lighting rules I've learned over the past few years. Anyway, thanks guys. Cheers.
  3. Hi all, I'm shooting a music video next week, and the artist has given me Earl Sweatshirt's HIVE as a visual reference : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FcDXL5Aw0o&ab_channel=OFWGKTA I like the circular, creepy front lighting that moves with the camera, but admittedly have never attempted something like this. My guess is attaching a light to the hot-shoe of my camera would get me in the ballpark. That said, the size and shape of the source seem important here. My biggest light (aputure 300D) can be shaped into a circle with the included softbox, but would be too large to mount onto my camera's hot shoe. I own a hotshoe light, but it's a square and no larger than a phone. Would black-wrapping a hot-shoe light (to prevent too much spill) get me close to this look, or do I need a much bigger source? I'm also drawn to the intimate, likely simpler setup of the old american apparel ads (stills). Just seems to be a softened front flash? Light isn't as controlled here. Any ideas how to translate this into video form? Image attached. As a side note, I've never posted here but have learned a ton from this forum. Incredible resource. Thank you all for helping me learn.
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