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What lighting will suit a flamethrower action scene?
Fran Perkins, England
The film Aliens pops into my mind when I hear the word flamethrower. I’ll depict a scene from the same universe, where a trooper discovers an alien nest.
Instead of going into full-on detailing I want to focus on creating the overall mood and lighting scheme for the scene, almost like a storyboard frame from a film. Using the flames as my main light source instantly places the focus on the action itself, which helps me clearly separate the soldier and the eggs visually.
Indeed, I want to separate the two worlds as much as possible, so I use a complementary secondary light source: a cold desaturated blue light to work against the aggressive warm orange of the flamethrower’s flame. This not only helps to frame the soldier from both sides with rim lights, making his silhouette much more readable, but generates the most contrast around my focal point.
Try to use your light sources and the amount of details you’re painting to direct the viewer’s eye to your focal areas. I ensure that the most values are associated with the character
in the mid-ground.