For my cinematography class I decided to remake of a scene from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” music video. Link to video: youtu.be/rYEDA3JcQqw?t=35s
I was interested in recreating the scene at 0:35 where the key side of her face is in silhouette while she’s at normal exposure on the fill side of her face. My initial plans had us shooting at a focal length of 25mm at an F/2.8. The key side of her face was N-2 while the fill side was N+2. It was two light set up. A 5K as the key light illuminating the background, and her key side. A 2K with a tube light plus diffusion paper was used for her fill side.
After the first shot we added a 1K bouncing off a white board to bring the exposure up one stop, and played with varying party gels.
Comparatively, I like the version where her face is in deep silhouette, but the version where the silhouette is less noticeable mimics Adele’s look more accurately.
Shot on an Arriflex SR2 16 Film Camera with 7219 Tungsten Balanced ASA Film Stock.
If you’d like to check out the footage you can see it here, plus read the description for a more in-depth analysis:
You can also find my thoughts on instagram:
FYI, I decided to use Adele’s “Someone Like You” as the background music. It just felt more appropriate. Feel free to ask me questions as well.