The Light Fantastic

Thanks to the immense kindness of Christina at Treadwell’s bookshop, we were back amongst the magic books last night, filming lighting tests.

I can’t overstate the importance of these tests. We will be filming in various different shops, with all sorts of factors to take into consideration. We needed to spend a bit of time working out how to get the lighting atmosphere we want, so that we can then replicate it on the shoot. We also needed to gather more footage together so that we could try out some grading. Grading, in case you’re as ignorant as I am, apparently involves messing about on a laptop afterwards with colours, light, shadows and all that jazz so that you can make good footage look event better. As you can probably tell from my technical language, I won’t be the person doing this vital and intricate task.

Basically, the correct combination of lighting and grading is the key to conjuring up the visual atmosphere which this story requires.

Another important test was to see how a real projector behaves in our living room, so that we can compare this with our CG hologram projection. In short, we learned that filming projectors does horrible things to your camera. Horrible stripy things to be precise. We also learned that Adam’s CG trickery looks far better than the real thing. Three cheers for Adam.

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