This is a scheme of my room for a Soreal short movie:

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I'm wonder about lights. The atmosphere is warm, soft, without shadows. So what do you advice me to use as my light source and where to put them?

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To get a soft look, you can use:

  • lights pointed at the walls and ceiling, to reflect and diffuse the light
  • lights with a large surface area, like fluorescent tubes (which I use) or standard movie lights with big diffusers in front of them
  • lots of little lights, though these may create lots of little shadows

You'll still want at least a key light and a fill light -- that is, one light source that is the primary light source for your subjects, and another light source to one side that emphasizes that side of each actor (or object).

You can also add "warmth" in post production by color-correcting towards red or orange.


I've seen folks get very nice looks in close quarters using white spherical "Chinese lantern" diffusers.

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