Where did you do most of the shooting?
We did some location shooting in France and England, but we were based at Pinewood Studios and our main set was on the new Richard Attenborough stage. It was basically one big set, an exterior street set that we had to light for day, night, dusk and dawn. We also had a few other smaller sets, and there was some underwater work done as well.
How did you light that big set for all those different times of day and night?
We had to rig everything we could possibly need up on the grid and then we used Light by Numbers to create various programs for the different times of day. We had to have everything in position from the beginning because the set was built right up to the ceiling and we had no room to move. We had about 350 space lights, then perhaps 15 full Dinos, half of which were diffused so we could get both soft light and hard, directional light out of them. On top of that there were a few 20Ks and a lot of 10Ks and 5Ks, which were good for picking out specific areas for the night scenes and casting shadows.
Once it was all in, it was a matter of switching it up and down quite a lot and playing with the levels. We had Chris Gilbertson controlling the Light by Numbers system; he was able to stand on the set and use Wi-Fi to quickly change the settings. For the big sequence that takes place at dawn, we created low sunlight with four full Dinos positioned next to each other and set way down the dimmer, so it was a really warm, almost red light.