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Early Morning Car Shoot

Last month Jeremy and I had to quickly go and shoot a car at a studio out in Kontermanskloof-area, Cape Town.

The shoot presented a couple of challenges:

  • We had to start shooting at 05:30 am and finish by 08:00
  • We couldn't really do much about the light set-up as we were shooting in between film shoots, using their lighting.
  • The film crew was utilizing a reflective scrum, lighting reflectively from the scrum - not great for reflections on cars. The studio was waiting to install a proper shoot-through/translucent scrum, that is also operatable with a pully system from the floor. This one needed rig-setting from the roof, which meant I couldn't drop the scrum.
  • 5000W Bambino's are powerful light-sources, but in a studio of this size, small. Exposure ended up at 1sec f22, 3200K.
  • It was a test shoot, so I wasn't paid!
  • BUT

The studio is amazing for:

  • SIIIIIZE! What you see in the video is less than half of the total space.
  • Huge curve
  • 3-phase industrial juice
  • A revolve fitted in the studio floor on which to rotate the car without having to move light set-ups, or even touch the car. Built for film to shoot rotating shots of the cars.
  • Floor to ceiling curtaing.
  • A black- and black-out studio option.
  • Friendly helpful staff.


See video...


Shelby White said…
That studio looks awesome!
Danie said…
@Shelby: pretty cool, I tell you. Film guys get all the cool toys!

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