I had the pleasure of gaffing and working with the talented Emmanuel Moran as a scrappy two person crew on one of his projects for Youth In Arts in San Rafael, CA.
Youth In Arts is a non-profit organization that builds visual and performing arts skills through innovative and in-depth programs that foster confidence, compassion and resilience in students of all abilities. The overall shoot was to create instructional videos that would be shared among arts educators that could be applied across classrooms and learning environments.
The overall goal for lighting was to create a set up that would allow for a visual change for each lesson or topic while also making sure the set transitions were quick as to not hold up production. In order to solve for this request and create a turnkey solution we decided the best route to take would be to set up a white seamless backdrop and have RGB lights shift the background color as the topic of the video or lesson changed. This set up made swapping out background colors easy, so easy that one person could pretty much change the entire background color in less than a minute.
The overall light set up used 4x 2’ RGB Quasar lights on the white seamless backdrop. We put black foil on the RGB Quasars to prevent the RGB lights from spilling on to the subject. Then for the foreground subject lighting we used a traditional three point lighting set up with an Aputure C120d II and soft box as our key light, diffused Dracast 8” LED light panel as our soft fill, and then another 2’ Quasar set to 5600k as our hair light.
I think in the end the lighting helped change what could have been another normal talking head video into something a bit more engaging and fun.