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Vatche Giragossian

Lighting for B&W movie

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Im a DPing a short student movie and the Director wants to shoot the movie in Black and White.

After doing some research on how colors can increase and decrease the contrast the contrasts of the light units, I'm a little bit torn on what units to use in terms of lighting.

I have access to HMI Jokers (800,400), Arri baby, OFT kits, and Kino flo light.

My questions would be, does anybody have experience on how to use colors in order to create different contrast ratios? Moreover, would an HMI give a different contrast than a Tungsten light?




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If you were shooting b&w stock, tungsten-vs-HMI would have a minor affect on tonal rendition of colored objects but not really if you are shooting in color and converting in post to b&w. Mainly you control the contrast of costumes by design, and you control the contrast of the lighting by your lighting ratios, not by using colored lighting.

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