At 6am today we were up for a flight to Adelaide. We headed there for the day to hang out with Andre and his family.
Since so much of Andre and Justin's story was the struggle to keep things going early on, and the strain that put on their family, we wanted to talk with Andre's wife–Jo.
Now most of the interviews in the film have the whole crew working for hours to setup 5-7 lights and heaps of modifiers. But here we were travelling, and wanted to keep the gear light, plus we wanted to give Matt the day to rest up.
That meant it was just myself, Diana, and Shaun with a camera, and then one bag for lighting (one flex light, some scrim jim fabrics, and two stands).
It always blows me away at just what you can do when you have no lights. Had we had a larger crew and more gear we likely would have spent 2 hours achieving something only marginally better.
And that reminds me of Parkinson's Law, the idea that work expands to fill the container that you give it. Have 2 hours and tons of lights for an interview? Well then you'll likely need 122 minutes and use just about every light.
Have virtually no gear and 10 minutes...well it's surprising what you can achieve.
Here's a frame grab of the interview and a couple BTS shots of the setup.
The interview itself is fairly simple, but there are a few little tips and tricks here to help pull it off.
With no lights, the plan was to use nice window light as our key. It was critical here to pull the curtains over (see in the first photo) so that it gave the light more direction (and therefore more shape on the interview).
We only had two light stands, and both were being used, so we clamped a Flex Light to the kitchen cabinet and bounced it off the wall to bring up the overall ambient level in the background. An HMI or the Creamsource would have been nice to really bring that background to life, but we worked with what we had.
And then we setup one of Matt's T-bones where you run a rod across the top of the fabric and then throw it on a stand. Super quick and simple, but this black fabric acted as a negative fill to block any of the light on the side opposite the key and give us a better lighting ratio.
When all was said and done, it took a crew of 3 about 10 minutes to setup and then Shaun ran the main camera with a 24-70 while also monitoring the audio. Super simple. Super quick. Yet effective.
Tomorrow we're at Safety Culture and we'll have some more time with Luke.
See y'all tomorrow!