Day 4 of the shoot for No Evil was a tough one – for me, anyway.
It was our first interior shoot. John, a friend of ours from a local writers group, generously offered the use of his house as a location. We had two scenes to shoot in one of the bedrooms (we’ll be back next week to spend a day filming in the kitchen). The first scene was a daytime one and the second would be day-for-night.
My original plan for the day-for-night shoot was to cover the windows with blue and black fabric – not to cut out light completely, but to turn it blue and reduce it considerably. So Trish searched her massive fabric collection for some suitable yardage. As it turned out, we didn’t need it – the bedroom window has a blind. I forgot about turning the light blue – at least, the daylight.
The first scene (scene 5) went well. But it was a fairly small room, and with one actor and five crew in there, along with the gear, it was a snug fit. Over the course of the day, I’d find myself crammed into tiny gaps between tripod and wall, often in a half-crouch near the floor. One has to suffer for one’s art.
For the day-for-night shoot, I flooded the room in blue light. We don’t have any video lighting so we’re using the modelling lights on my Bowens studio flash units. I covered one with two blue gels (80B and 82A) and bounced it into a large umbrella. We used a table lamp as a practical to give an isolated warm area and another table lamp just off-screen to add some kicker lighting to some shots and localised warm tones in others.
For one shot where the character of Luke (played by Morgan) opens a door and listens, I put a 400W work lamp in the corridor outside covered in an amber gel (85A) to make it even warmer. This was to convey the idea that, outside that door, is a better place – the beginning of a resolution to his problems.
We shot on a hot, humid day. And for much of it, we had to have the blinds down. It got like a sauna in there.
After four days, we’ve shot six scenes. Our schedule allows three more days for seven scenes. It’s going to be tough.