Vertically Gifted

Lighting for a mockumentary short film about suddenly getting taller and the meaning of family, shot in spring 2022.

year
2022
ROLE
Gaffer
client
ASU Capstone Film
Vertically Gifted
A significant portion of the film is interview footage, so getting those right was crucial.
This shot in particular was tricky because this room is actually underground. The daylight you see on the window is a maxed-out DeSisti blasting down a fire escape trench, with tubes inside the room completing the look.
What better way to be punk than to have your room match your hair?
This project was filmed on location on the second story of a home outside Phoenix, significantly limiting how much artificial light could be added. Thankfully, for a mockumentary, the lighting goal is to be invisible anyway, so the main task was controlling and accentuating what was already there. In the kitchen scene, this meant a lot of overhead rigging to bring in warm tungsten light to reinforce the conflict going on.
This scene highlights the "color conflict" the DP and I arrived on. Harold and his strict ways are illuminated in colder daylight light, while the daughters' and mother are lit in tungsten. The visual conflict reinforces the written conflict.
Will they find harmony? I guess we'll find out.

Color not final. Screenshots represent nearly raw footage.

Directed by Mathonwyn Wilson
Produced by Chloe Rudolph
Cinematography by Tessa Allie
Edited by Denver Humphries

Project slated for release in 2023.

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