November 2017 - March 2018,
"The Bohemians" is a short film with a cheerful 70s asethetic, written and directed by Julian Verkerk. Following two central characters, the imagery takes carful note of colour values and natural forms as well as the bold brashness this decade had to offer.
Working as part of an all-female technical team for this project, my central role was to design, set up and run the lighting for every scene. On top of this, I also assisted with camera specifics (including settings and creative decisions) and at times sound.
The first scenes shot were studio based meaning I had use of a full technical lighting rig (which opened up a lot of options for the design) These early sequences were then used as secondary visuals within the main location shoots (for example our own recorded TV shows playing in the background of wider shots).
On set the lighting needed to be much more flexible, not to mention portable. Two 600SC LEDGO lights made up most of the outdoor set up, as well as playing a large part inside the various locations. Though working without a DMX input, the LED panel lights allow a good deal of control and variation between different scenes. There were various challenges - like the lack of white balance control on the lights themselves - but overall the equipment held up well! Having completely portable elements made shooting much easier, especially for night settings where efficiency was particularly important when working in conditions as low as -9 degrees!
the film is set to be released late spring 2018 in groningen, nl.,
Working on a themed piece ensured many lighting requirements that would fit in with such a tight aesthetic. On location, many of the scenes were fixed with a stationary camera making rigging lighting a stop-start process of setting up and then watching the scene play out. Others however, like the creatively chaotic cocktail party finale, required dynamic lights which followed the camera through crowds and adjusted every few minutes for various angles. Somewhat incredibly, we managed this with a great success! The process I went through for each shot started with having the camera team set up the angle and following them with the lights to ensure faces were visible and background details were included. After this, I used the live display from the camera to check the white balance was in tune with each lamp to avoid any overexposure.
Working outside at night was also somewhat challenging, especially given that by pure chance the temperatures had dropped to -9 centigrade plus wind chill for the week. An interesting experience that I'm proud to say we all survived! The two main LED lights performed fantastically through the main filming week and resisted cold weather, the risk of water and at times even curious geese.
The main recordings for this production were shot on a Canon 5D mII which purely by chance is the same model as my personal camera. This transpired to be particuarly helpful as I used the live view to correct the lighting for every scene and check the levels of exposure and saturation. Working with familiar equipment certainly sped up this process and ensured I could be efficient in my adjustmants.
'De Bohemen' features a variety of themed locations including the colourful 70's apartment pictured above. On top of this central site, there were other sheltered set ups such as a meditative pool, laundromat, train station and cafeteria. Outside in the harsh weather we filmed on fire escape staircases, rooftops and icy canal banks which all brought their own challenges and rewards.