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Day for Night Lighting

Day for night lighting diagram by Colorado Gaffer
Lighting breakdown by Colorado Gaffer

How do you make it look like the evening in the middle of the afternoon? 🌚 Your first step is to black out every window that’s not on camera to control the ambient light. If there is a window that will be in frame, you’ll probably want to push a light through it. In which case you’ll need to build a tent outside so it blocks the daylight but there is still room for the fixture inside. (My childhood dream of becoming a professional fort builder has come true) There are several ways to tent a window, but we just used used spring clamps to secure duvetyn to the gutters 🤷‍♂️ We pushed a Nova 300 through the window for a natural moonlight look that played more in the closeups than the wide shown above. The light through the window was pretty low compared to the key, but helped us establish a base expose for the scene. Once you have the ambient light under control and a little room tone, you need to establish the key. We used a Litemat Spectrum 4 through 216 and a 4x4 Snapgrid on camera left. The grid helped keep the soft light focused, but we still used some duve as a beard on the bottom third of the diffusion frame to slow down the light on the chairs. A 2x3 sider was also used to block light reflecting off a picture frame on the back wall. Since this shot was pretty wide, we had to use a wall spreader to secure our edge light instead of on a stand armed in. (I’ll talk more about wall spreaders next week!) The Litemat 2L with Snapgrid was perfect because of its low profile. I’ve been really into accents of hard light in a scene lately so I used a Nanlite 60C with the Leko attachment in the other room to skip off the floor. 💅 A couple table lamp practicals created nice pockets on the walls. Then we used a pull strap and a baby plate to mount a Nanlite Pavotube II to the chimney pipe for that soft glow on the brick on the back wall. In the foreground we used the magnets on another Pavotube II under the cabinet camera right and an Aputure MC with a cinefoil snoot camera left. And like, a lot of haze 💨 Production @circuitmedia Director @mrcodymay Producer Eliana Yatsko DP @benroland AC KG @trevrmerchant PA @justlookingformyself

Tyler Kaschke is a freelance gaffer with a grip truck based in Lafayette, Colorado serving Boulder, Denver, Golden, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region at large.

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