Filmmakers Academy | How to illuminate rain at night

Posted on September 8, 2022 in Film Schools Feed, Filmmakers Academy, Partner Content

Some of the most memorable moments in cinema history take place in the dramatic environment which is rain. When adding rain to a scene it can create beauty, power, and a level of difficulty to execute. In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses what it took for him to pull off illuminated rain during some of the action-packed fight sequences in “Into the Badlands.” You’ll get a first-hand look into what makes rain a powerful tool and what instruments you’ll need to pull it off, including:

  • How to light to make the most of your rain effects.
  • How to light a stage for a night exterior and retain shadow detail.
  • How to light for multiple frame rates.
  • Tricks to keep your lens clean when shooting in rain.
  • Art department tips for making rain stand out.
  • Camera block strategies to augment your rain effects.
  • Strategies for wides and close ups to get your coverage faster.

British Cinematographer subscribers can use the discount code BCINE for $25 off a Filmmakers Academy subscription.

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