Join Jem Schofield for an in-depth discussion in this video Gear for scouting, part of Cinematic Video Lighting.
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- Alright, so we're inside of Topa Topa now, in the brewery,…and we know we're going to be shooting stuff here,…and I always like to scout a location…before we're going to shoot, especially if it's local.…So make sure that's in your budget.…That you can get at least the producer…or director to scout the location.…Ideally, the DP as well, and if you can,…get the sound recordist to come out with you.…And even if you can only come out for two or three hours…to walk the space and get a sense of it,…then that's going to help tremendously…in terms of deciding, first of all,…if you can shoot in a location from a sound perspective,…and I'll talk to you about that in a minute,…and also visually where you might have your set-ups.…
In an ideal situation, you'd have…a full day to do your scout,…so you could actually come to the location…and look at the location at different times of day.…That's going to tell you a lot of stuff…in terms of where the sun is.…It's also going to tell you how it bounces…off of different places in the space.…
This series of tutorials, taught by producer, DP, and educator Jem Schofield of theC47, shows you the equipment and time-tested lighting techniques you need to get cinematic results. Filmed on location at a California brewery—a set with a lot of action and a lot of angles—the course takes you through the process of planning, lighting, and shooting video using largely cinematic (low-key) lighting techniques. Jem uses a conversational style of direction that relies on collaboration with the crew and the clients, but the lessons are flexible enough to apply to productions of many different types and sizes, including corporate video and documentaries. By the end, you'll have the skills you need to go out and create professional lighting setups in the real world.
- Choosing the right video lighting equipment
- Scouting locations with good light and visual interest
- Bouncing light and blocking light
- Cutting light
- Diffusing light
- Recreating natural light
- Modifying color temperature with video lighting
- Shooting B-roll, inserts, and cutaways
- Working outdoors