Jem Schofield explains the first interior setup required for the Underground Sun web series.
- So it's production time, and we want to talk a little bit about shooting interiors. And so I sat down with David and Sarah, and they had outlined their entire first episode for their web series. And there was sort of anchor there for their web series, sort of the foundation, which was an interview-style setup between the two of them, talking to each other, talking to audience, the camera, and we needed to figure out what space was going to work for that, and we are in that space. This is basically where they record their music, and it's where they write sometimes, and it definitely plays into Underground Sun as a very important space for them at this time period for what they're doing in terms of their company.
So the first thing I'd always recommend when you go into a space is find your frames. We want to know what we're looking at compositionally. So we walked around with the camera system and figured out what direction they wanted to point that camera. And then we also very quickly realized, because this is a small space, that there was a lot of furniture in here, and not furniture they were going to be using. So we got all the furniture out of the room, and we got our camera into its final position, looked at our widest and our tightest shot, turned off all of the lights in the space, and started to take a look at the ambient light that was affecting everything that was going on and started to use that in terms of deciding factors as far as where our key light was going to be, what we were going to do in terms of all of the other lighting in the space, and it was actually quite simple.
So we have, of course, light coming in behind them, and that's creating a little bit of a glow and a little bit of separation. We have that light coming in, especially on the wider shot from that larger living space where we see a little bit of their fireplace there. And we also see light coming in from the left onto their face a little bit, and that's coming from those three little windows. We wanted to have a little bit more control, so we dropped the blinds on those windows, and decided that it would make more sense because of the configuration of the space for that to be the fill side.
So we brought in that key light with that softbox, which is creating a nice, soft light for them. We positioned it in a few different places and wound up where we are here, and that worked really well for this space. We also that light coming in through the curtains, but we wanted to create a little bit more separation, so we used this little LED light up in the rafters to mimic that light and just sort of help a little bit. And of course, we dropped those blinds over there from the left side, so that we had this nice key-to-fill ratio in terms of the overall lighting.
This is the space they're going to be shooting in a lot, so we wanted to keep this lighting very simple. So in reality, for these setups for them, we just have this key light and that other little light up in the rafters, and everything else is just natural daylight coming in, and in fact, that's pretty much how we set the cameras, so that we had a match in terms of the overall color temperature here, and this is going to work really well for that interview setup for their first episode.
- Why create a web series for your business?
- Determining what your series is about
- Planning for an ongoing web series
- Choosing your audio and lighting equipment
- Shooting your web series
- Post-production considerations
- Keeping your series going