Scene: A winter afternoon just before it snows.
Very often, winter has a very flat kind of lighting. In this situation, there is some light coming through the looming clouds that give the sky a dull look and reflecting off of the already fallen snow, which gives the space just off the ground a soft color of light greyish-blue. The light that is filtering through the clouds comes at small angle and casts short shadows, but is generally dull and grey.
White Backdrop: Top- G435 Full, Bottom- AP3300 Full
Figures: All lighting from SR. AP2330 @ 25% with 17′ elevation and 37′ side, and @ Full with 42′ elevation and 48′ back angle, AP2280 @ 75% with 31′ elevation and 29′ side, and AP3400 @ 75% with 52′ elevation and 21′ side angle
Scene: A Vermont sunset in the fall.
This scene painted a picture of a brisk fall night when the leaves are changing, and it’s perfect weather for a bonfire. From the pictures I saw, Vermont sunsets seemed to often have a very rich orange to them, and a purple. I tried to recreate that on the cyc and give a rich orange ambient light to the figures, while also using low front lights with gobos to create the appearance of a fire.
White Backdrop: Top-NC@ 13%, Blue @25% Bottom- NC@25%, AP2190 @50%
All 3 figures: G342 @ 25% with 13′ elevation angle and 21′ side angle from R and L, G103 @ 50% direct backlight w/ 14′ elevation angle, G395 @ 25% direct sidelight at 43′ elevation angle from R and L, NC @ 25% front light w/ 54′ elevation angle, G101 @ 50% with 48′ elevation angle and 37′ back angle, G106 @ 25% with 0′ elevation angle and 56′ side angle, and AP7770 @ 50% with gobo at -37′ elevation direct front light
+ Rightmost figure: AP7450 @ 50% with -31′ elevation and 37′ side angle SR with gobo, AP6400 @ 25% with 23′ elevation and 56′ side angle
+ Center and Leftmost figures: AP6400 @ 25% with 0′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP7450 @ 50% with -31′ elevation and 37′ side angle SL with gobo
Scene: An Easter sunrise inside a Gothic cathedral.
Trying to light this scene made apparent the gaps between VLL and really lighting a stage. I thought of an early morning Easter service about to begin, with the priest the only one there quite yet. Warm, yellow light is spilling through the stained glass windows, creating patterns of different colors, blues, reds, greens, yellows, and more on the floor and the priest. The natural light and the light from the few incandescent bulbs and the candles that have been lit give the grey walls of the cathedral just a hint of yellow, and the priest is touched by all of these light sources briefly as he stands in the center of the cathedral. The angle of light, and therefore the illumination, of each platform is supposed to show the “placement” of the windows high in the walls of the cathedral, but is is quite difficult to show that progression of angle with this program.
Grey Backdrop: Top- NC @ 75% and AP6800 @ 25%, Bottom- NC @ 50%
Human Figure: AP 6900 @ 25% from SL with 23′ elevation and 56′ side, and 42′ elevation and 48′, NC @ 71% direct sidelight SL with 43′ elevation. AP1800 @ 25% direct frontlight with 54′ elevation, NC @ 31% direct sidelight with 27′, 37′, and 51′ elevation angles. AP 2140 @ 50% with 37′ elevation 56′ side SR, AP6400 gobo @ 75% gobo with 42′ elevation and 48′ side angle SR, and AP2280 @ 25% with 48′ elevation and 37′ side SR.
Platform 1 (from SL to SR): NC Full with 27′ elevation and direct SR sidelight, NC @ 75% with 43′ elevation and direct SR sidelight, and NC @ 50% with 32′ elevation and 56′ side angle. G570 @ 50% with 37′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP6400 gobo Full with 23′ elevation and 56′ side angle.
Platform 2: NC Full with 27′ elevation angle and direct SR sidelight, NC @ 50% with 43′ elevation and direct SR sidelight, and with 32′ elevation and 56′ side angle. AP6900 gobo Full with 23′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP3700 @ 50% with 37′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP1800 @ 8% with 42′ elevation and 48′ side angle.
Platform 3: NC Full with 27′ elevation angle and direct SR sidelight, NC @ 75% with 43′ elevation and direct SR sidelight, and NC @ 25% with 32′ elevation and 56′ side angle. AP6900 gobo Full with 23′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP8400 @ 50% with 37′ elevation and 56′ side angle, AP1800 @ 8% with 42′ elevation and 48′ side angle.
Scene: Noon on a hot summer day in the Caribbean.
As with the winter scene, this scene also has rather flat lighting, but for an entirely different reason. At noon, the sun is just about directly overhead and it seems there is nothing it doesn’t touch, especially in a location like the Caribbean. By using only bright yellow or amber, even slightly pink, lights from above, shadows are virtually eliminated and that bright, warm light so characteristic of a sunny day is achieved, while the cyc is lit with solid washes of blues to evoke the feeling of a tropical sky.
White Backdrop: Top- RE141 Full, Bottom- NC @ 50% and R392 Full
Figures: G460 Full with 90’elevation, G360 Full with 54′ elevation from direct back and front, and AP7900 Full with 61′ elevation angle from direct SR and SL