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Darkness Gains Dimension

The crew readies
a Steadicam
night-exterior
shot of Banks.

tent, so [for the lighting] we had to
figure that out first. It was not only
going to establish the levels we'd be
working at, but it also had to be recognizable as we pushed into it - it's the
same type of mantle lantern Chuck uses
in his home years later. The specialeffects team had built an LED version
of the lantern in the first season, and
after we shot tests with several versions,

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we decided to fit the guts of that into
our period lantern. It met several
requirements: it looked realistic, it was
small enough [1⁄2" square] to fit inside
the mantle, it was bright enough but still
dimmable, and it was safe to have
around two children in a tent.
"By the time we got to this
episode, Steve Litecky and I really had a
handle on what our approach should be

with the VariCam, and we'd started
using some top bounces with it," Adams
continues. "Aubrey positioned a big
forklift crane off to the side with a 20by-20 wind bounce, and we aimed a
1,000-watt tungsten Par into that for a
little top ambience. One of the tough
things about moving across the ground
that closely is that anything reflective,
like water, will reveal your backlight.
Also, when you're using a periscope that
way, it's really hard to avoid flaring any
kind of backlight. But with just a little
top fill, you can't really tell there's any
lighting; it's very soft and just floats in
there."
When the time came to shoot,
the team nailed it on the first take.
"Peter and I just looked at each other,
kind of amazed," says Adams. "I think
we did six more takes just because we'd
worked so hard to get there!"
The shot is dynamic, but it also
tells the story, shedding more light on
the relationship at the core of Saul's


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