Hi guys, hope everyone is doing good these days.
I've been a little mia the last couple of weeks dealing with a lot of stuff and it's been hard to make time for anything.
Anyway last week I was talking on the phone last week at night and noticed the display's reflection in the open window glass and at that moment my partner Leya walked by and looked at me through the glass.
Since it was dark and I could see only the display reflection and her face light by the display.
It reminded me of some kind of cyber punk scene where the character is looking through a rainy window at a futuristic city at night.
So we tried to recreate the scene and try this effect.
We took an LCD screen (playing a youtube video of a futuristic cityscape) and put it in front of a glass door and the camera on the same side with a tele lens to help get a tighter shot, a shallow depth of field and a little compression.
On the other side I put myself and we light me with a side, hair light (not that I have much of that ;) ).
I threw in a cigarette that we had lying around at home just in case we need to shoot something like this.
While the camera was rolling Leya sprayed water onto the glass to make a rain effect.
It took a little playing around to get the brightness of the screen and the back light right and then a little playing with the grade but I'm really surprised how well this worked out without the need of any kind of special vfx work.
Anyway has anyone used a technique like this or something simple like this to shoot a something.
Personally I really like this approach much more than complicated green screen setup or complicated vfx.
Anyway hope everyone is having a great week.