It seems to me there are 3


It seems to me there are 3 ways to do this:

1. The quick and cheap way πŸ™‚ — Shoot it after sunset, but before it’s too dark to get good images. Have the car facing west, so the actors will get good illumination. If you’re shooting through the windshield, it will be reflecting a bright sky. So you would want a polarizer filter on the lens. (Circular polarizer if you have a 3-CCD camera.) Be sure any visible car headlights are turned on. Then in your editing program, add a faint blue cast, and make it slightly darker than normal.
2. The wild and crazy way }:-) — Set up battery-powered lighting inside car to blast the actors with light, then head out into the night. (I hope I’m not on the road when you do this. 😯 )
3. The hollywood way 8) — This could actually be a lot of fun if you have the time… and a couple production assistants. πŸ˜€ Shoot it with the car parked in a dark place. Have a well-lit green screen behind the rear window (or side window, depending on what direction the camera is aimed). Put a small light (25 ~ 40W) in front of each actor, right in front of the dashboard, but out of sight of the camera. Think of these as key lights. Then, have 3 or 4 small lights immediately in front of the car, low enough that they don’t cause reflections (if you’re shooting through the windshield). Think of these as fill lights. And now comes the fun part: Station one assistant on each side of the car, each armed with a light (40 ~ 100W, depending on how far away they are). Have them sweep the lights past the car, from front to back, to simulate having the car pass street lamps or other light sources. Shoot the actors in the car, going through their dialog. And, at another time, shoot video from a moving car, looking out the rear or side windows. This will be chroma-keyed in during post production.

Hmmm… method 3 was probably more fun to write about than to actually do. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow, choose a method and have fun!
Ken Hull

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