American Cinematographer - April 2017 - 74
I learned really quickly that if you get
that guy together with a good camera
operator and a good dolly grip, you can
do anything on that Technocrane -
and you can do it really fast," Wiegand
enthuses. The crane often lived behind
the jury box, where it could extend all
the way to the middle of the courtroom
to capture the attorneys interrogating
witnesses or presenting to jurors.
The courtroom - always shot as
a daytime setting - was keyed through
a trio of large windows by three 10K
tungsten Molebeams and two Arri T12s
through 250 Half White Diffusion.
Quasar Science LED tubes fitted inside
4' 2Bank Kino Flo housings provided
fill on the side of the courtroom opposite the windows. "The Quasar LED
bulbs are punchier than the Kino bulbs,"
Wiegand explains, "and because they're
dimmable they become infinitely more
useful than a [fluorescent] that's either
full speed or half speed."
A 2K Mighty-Mole bounced into
the set provided additional fill. To
further illuminate the defense team's
table, a MacTech Artist Series 400 bicolor LED unit with Half Grid
Diffusion hung from an opening in the
set's ceiling. When moving in for closeups, Kino Flo Celeb 201s were added to
the mix for eye lights.
"When we shot in that courtroom, we liked to light it so that we
could do these cool big camera moves,"
says Wiegand. "We typically lit so we
could shoot from two or three directions."
Chandeliers, wall sconces and
other practicals also peppered the set,
which Wiegand says was both a blessing
and a curse: "They provided some really
cool highlights and helped define the
location, but it was always a fight."
Laughing, she adds, "You'd be setting up
a shot, and before you knew it you'd have
a chandelier in it, a couple sconces and
some desk lamps. Suddenly it's like, 'Are
we shooting in a courtroom or a lamp
For the respective bullpens of the
investigators and litigators, Wiegand
wanted the lighting to help underscore
the dichotomy between the spaces. In
the litigators' office, the overhead fluorescents hang in a structured pattern,