Tell us a bit about the lighting process and which fixtures were helpful.
We didn’t use a lot of light on exteriors, and since there’re a lot of action sequences, we basically just used natural light. We knew sunlight would be very hot and allow for a visual texture with rough edges. It would also give more of a brown-ish tone to the actor’s skin which is what we wanted. However, for interior shots, we used the M-series HMIs, including M18, M40 and M90. For example, for the scenes in Zhang Baoming’s house in winter, we used M90 outside as a hard source and M18 inside to fill the space. I like the simplicity of this kind of lighting, the image looks cleaner and you don’t get messy shadows. We also used SkyPanels like S60 to fill some of the scenes. It’s very convenient and I’ve used it on two of my latest projects. I think the SkyPanels are really advanced in terms of brightness and color. They also save a lot of time since there is no hassle with changing the filters and gels. Especially the S360-C, I think that light is pretty amazing, probably because I lean more towards using a single, large-plane source.