A nighttime chase after a suspect on a rooftop…
This’s a long scene that contains many more cuts than what’s provided in the clip; what’s included illustrates the contributions of camera and lighting to bolstering the sense of action and suspense.
At the beginning, note the use of the Nightsun unit by the helicopter. It’s a powerful, daylight-balanced lamp that provided the exact effect we needed. We also wanted to sense the presence of the Downtown LA skyline in as many shots as possible, so this influenced a number of framing and exposure decisions.
In all, this was an easy scene to shoot. The biggest challenge was finding the right spot to place the lamp for Shemar Moore’s close ups (a 2’x3′ LED shot through Lee 216 diffusion). Depending on how he took aim at the bad guy, I had to be careful to not throw the shadow of his weapon’s optics across his eyes!