After looking at Vanitas painting, I was aiming to use a chiaroscuro lighting effect, with most of the frame being very dark, with a sudden flash of light, illuminating the key aspects of the image. However, I wanted to try using varying levels of light in order to gain the best chiaroscuro effect. Here are some of my following experiments:
In these lighting experiments, I experimented with having natural light as well as a flash of the lamp, or using complete darkness with the lamp to see which gave the most dynamic effect. In the first scene, with the shoe, the first picture I used natural lighting as well as a lamp, however, I feel the lamp was completely disguised by the other light sources, such as from the window, situated directly opposite the scene, as well as the light of the room. However, I feel with the darkness, and just using the lamp, a more mysterious and tension-inducing shot is achieved, as the viewer cannot fully see what is occurring in the dark fold of the fabric in the scene. I also feel a sense of luxury is heightened with the lack of light, giving the fabrics a more sensuous appeal.
I feel the same about the second experiment, with the scene with the apple and wine glass. Although the scene can be fully viewed in the first photograph, the background is far too light and needs to be darkened to retain a focus on the subjects. In addition, although I like that you can see the subjects more clearly, I feel the mystery of the second photograph, with the deep, clear form of the wine glass interrupts the otherwise overly centred composition of the frame. I will definitely just use on light source in my film in order to ensure this dramatic lighting effect, which I believe will produce dramatic visuals which will compliment my narrative.
The next thing I wanted to experiment with was the angle of the light source. In the first shot, the light source was angled directly above the shot, whereas in the second the light source was ever so slightly further back. I like both results, however I am more inclined towards the second image, as I like the darkness the blue velvet creates to contrast against the candle. I also like that with the light source ever so slightly back, the candles light is able to reflect upon the glass to create interesting marks and reflections. I think with the texture of the blue velvet so overtly shown it detracts from the simplicity of the composition and the focus on the shadows and highlights of the separate objects. In my film for every different shot I will consider the effect of the angle of light in order to fit the specific frame, but I think as a rule I will try to place the light source back to give a softer chiaroscuro effect.
In this lighting experiment, I was exploring how a consistently changing light source affected the view of a scene. We moved the light source towards the scene and then away from it very slowly to cast differing shadows across the various textures of the scene. I think this looks almost haunting in a sense, as the viewer is revealed the secrets of the scene and as soon as they can picture them they are taken away immediately, leaving the viewer in amidst the darkness of the scene, never quote sure of the next action. I will definitely use lighting of this style in my film.