Shaping light is not only just shaping big soft sources. I’m going to go through the minutia of lighting for a close up here. We can use nets and silks and diffusions to make Monette’s face brighter in the scene while taking her body down. Your eye gets drawn directly to her face.
I’ve got my Key Grip, Dave Knudsen, here in the studio with me. Dave has been working on feature films and commercials for the past 25 years. Some of his credits include Terminator Salvation, The Hunger Games, and American Pie.
Let’s do this, Dave. Let’s look at a double net. That drops our exposure by one stop. Our goal is to take down her lower body a bit to accent her face more.
So typically what I would do, as a grip, is I would listen to Shane for some of those key words he’s using:
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