Here is another interview scene I shot from the Netflix show Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. I chose to write about this one because it is a vastly different scenario than Vicky Ward’s office in my previous post, yet I tried to keep a consistent look despite the drastically different conditions.
For Vicky Ward everything was blacked out except a very small amount of ambient daylight. With Dr. Stamoulis we were shooting in an office with tons of daylight. Blacking everything out would have been a large task as well as very disrupting to the other people who were working in the active office space. The best option was to enhance and control the natural light as much as possible.
A large window was off frame right. We put up a 12×12 book light using an Arri M18 as the source. A Litepanels Astra 6x added some direction on the couch behind her and a 2nd Astra gave us some fill. A 12×12 solid on the fill side gave us contrast. Additional Astras were placed around the office to highlight specific areas of the background and make it visually dynamic. Careful positioning of the blinds controlled the overall ambience of the background to give Dr. Stamoulis separation
I am happy with the results and I feel we were able to keep a consistent look. The key ingredient is deciding on the quality of light that you want vs. the specific lights themselves. You choose the specific instruments to achieve the look you want and these instruments will vary depending on the real world conditions but the results will be consistent on the screen. Of course sticking with the same lenses and focal lengths is very important as well as the art direction. Thanks for reading!