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Ollie InglisHow to Achieve this Light Effect
by on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:07:54 am

Hey guys,

Trying to get my head around this music video.

Any ideas about how it was shot? Specifically look at 1:52 onwards. I know you can say it was shot in a studio, but what exactly would the set up be? I don't think that the lights are real, as some of the shots look composited (look at 2:24 and 2:45) - and the lights don't always accurately light him up. Perhaps he was shot on a green screen?

How do they create those extremely bright match lights at the begging? 0:09.

Next questions also revolve around compositing: how do you composite a shot like this in after effects where there is no detail in the blacks, yet the mids and highlights still seem bright? How to you create such garish light effects - do you think they were rendered in Cinema 4d? If he was composited into this scene, how would you create these light effects on his body. The floaty camera must be some sort of ronin, yet its movement does look similar to a virtual camera, perhaps exported from cinema 4d with the lights.

Any wisdom or advice on how to make this sort of video achievable (using after effects, C4D, or in camera effects) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Best Wishes,

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Tero AhlforsRe: How to Achieve this Light Effect
by on Jul 21, 2016 at 1:07:00 pm

[Ollie Inglis] "Any ideas about how it was shot?"

Programmable light walls.

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Ken TeutschRe: How to Achieve this Light Effect
by on Jul 21, 2016 at 1:21:21 pm

They look like real lights to me.

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Dave LaRondeRe: How to Achieve this Light Effect
by on Jul 21, 2016 at 4:09:47 pm

Yeah, practical effects. They rock.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Joe ClayRe: How to Achieve this Light Effect
by on Jul 22, 2016 at 4:03:33 am

I agree, it looks real. If it's not, I'd say the lights are still shot. You can get interesting effects using a projector. That's what I'd probably use in a situation like this.

Joe Clay

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