Portrait Lighting Idea-
We want our character portrait to look very dramatic and also quite eerie through the use of shadows and lighting. Similar to these images below, we want to try and cast a shadow over half of the face so it is almost hidden and can’t be seen, and then we want half the face to be well lit, having a strong dramatic contrast. Having strong shadow creates an eerie and dramatic effect to pictures, which will look good when our posters transition/morph into the characters being bitten and as an alien.
Portrait Lighting Diagram-
This is a rough sketch of how we will light our portraits on the day of our shoot. We are thinking of having a dark coloured polyboard on one side of the model, a low lit flash head on the opposite side of the model and then also use a ring flash. The ring flash will be used to fully light up half of the face, and the dim flash head and black polyboard will be used to create a shadow over half of their face and body. We still aren’t sure whether to use a white or black backdrop as a white backdrop will make it look more medical/lab like but black will create darker lighting and shadows.
Prop Lighting Idea-
When it comes to lighting our props, we want to have them quite well lit but maybe have a small amount of shadow on some of the props/set up in the background. As long as our main prop featuring in the poster is well lit, then the rest doesn’t matter so much. We are thinking of having quite a small set up and using a big light, or a few flash heads so that we can light the small area well. We want the main prop well lit so that the main focus is on that and that you don’t get distracted by the background props/set up.
Prop Lighting Diagram-
This is another rough sketch of how we will light our prop poster shots. We have decided that the Octalight with an Elinchrom 1200 RX flash head will give us more than enough light and flash to light up the main prop and the set. We are going to have a whiteboard in the background which will also help reflect light and brighten it up.