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Gritty Fluorescent Lighting

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Just a quick question. I'm shooting a short film in a couple of weeks time, one of the scenes is a house party scene. It's a gritty drug party scene, I want to go for a old fluorescent look. At the moment I plan to light it with a few 4' daylight kino tubes rigged to the ceiling, with a layer of light diffusion and skirted to keep the light off the walls. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for any lighting gels that would enhance the grittiness of the fluorescent lights? At the moment I'm thinking 1/4 or 1/2 +green.

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I Just use actually lower CRI tubes if I want green or color shift.


Cool white with tungsten white balance gives the Cyan look with the green that most people like.


Underexposure also helps for a more raw look.


I think you only need diffusion if you want to really spread the light to wrap around faces or feel more ambient - if you want a more raw look you might not even need it.

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