Ever wonder how to get soft even lighting across a large area? Space lights are the way to go! 🚀
Space lights are omni-directional light modifiers, meaning they spread soft light all over the dang place. That can be challenging if you don't necessarily want the light everywhere, but you can skirt the sides to control spill if you need to. They are usually rigged overhead to a grid in a studio to evenly light up a space (hence the name). It's basically like installing a miniature overcast sky to the ceiling.
In this case we had six of them in the grid which gave us that natural looking fill on the background extras and edge for the main talent. We had them running into the dimmer board about two stops less than the key light.
The key source on the ground was made of two 5K tungsten fresnel lights pushed through a 12x12 frame of 1/2 grid. We used a beard made of scrap duve to keep the key off the ground and a few floppies to the side for negative fill.
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.