My first short film, we rented a lighting kit “out of the back of a truck” – literally. A very, very sketchy dude named Scott and his rude girlfriend came by with a van load. He showed up 12 hours late (yes, 12) and almost pooched the shoot. At the end he showed up late to pick up his gear and tried to squeeze more money out of us. His gear was beat up and included (if I remember correctly) maybe 5 or 6 lights of various sorts. We had to build our own softboxes. We paid him $500 for the weekend.
So, when we thought about lighting A Brand New You, the idea of paying several thousand dollars on lights just didn’t make sense financially. One of the bonuses of shooting with DSLR is that they are relatively flexible in terms of light and anyway, with the aperture wide open, you can get nicely textured, shallow depth of field (ie. your subject is in focus and everything else is blurred out, an ability whose lack in early indie video features was much lamented). But, of course, you still need lights and, especially, shooting with the D7000, which lacks the low light abilities of higher end cameras, like the Canon 5D MkIII.
What was our lighting kit? We had the kit you see in the photo above – daylight corrected fluorescent bulbs – a china ball that our grip brough to set and we had a couple of small lights that our DP brought. The cost of the lighting kit? $200, including delivery. It may not be good enough to shoot a Hollywood blockbuster but worked just fine for us. However, note that if you shoot with fluorescent lights like these, you have to do some work in post to colour correct because everyone, depending on skin tone, looks vaguely like they're suffering from jaundice.
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