Next: Lighting Design Paperwork
Previous: Lighting Angle
It is important to consider that, when attempting to reproduce day or
night scenes, making a realistic representation of either with
lighting instruments is near impossible. What needs to be done,
rather, is to attempt to catch the essence of sunlight or moonlight.
A bright shaft of light from an instrument can be used to supplement a
wash to give the feeling of daylight. Generally, bright, warm colors
are used in the wash to provide the essence of a bright day. Very
light blue is often used to represent moonlight, with faint dark blue
washes being used to supplement the scene. Star gobos can be projected to
enhance the appearance of the night scene.
A rainy or overcast daytime scene is harder to produce, as there are
few effects such as the beam of sunlight that can be used. In this
case, cool colors are generally used, with a fairly even balance of
light from all directions.