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Dave Keen

Very bright lights like in Casino

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There are scenes in dark places but the top lights are very bright and have a glare as well. Is that done with a lens filter or in post or are lights really that strong on set? 


I wanna shoot a poker table in a dark space with that type of top light...




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It’s a very spotted-in light and the shot is exposed to let the center of the spot be very hot. Then there is some lens diffusion to cause the bright area to glow. In many scenes, something like a tungsten PAR64 with a spot, narrow spot, or very narrow spot globe was used but the size and power of the unit depends on the distance to subject, the sensitivity of the camera, etc. In a smaller space, for example, I’ve used a tweenie 650w at full spot pointed down with a snoot, or I’ve used a 150w Dedolight at full spot. Or I’ve gone bigger, to a 1K baby. 

Almost any lens diffusion will cause some halation around bright lights but in this case, it was something like a ProMist.

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