Pre-visualization is an incredibly useful process beginning at the time a client or show starts talking with me about the challenges of a particular shot. In this case, Watson Creative contacted me about shooting bowlers on Plexiglass for a billboard, and I needed to develop the lighting plan and address some of the issues with reflections that might come up.
Because Watson Creative is a design and brand studio located in Portland Oregon, I couldn’t be in person for the tech scout. Using the known space limitations of the location, I estimated the size of scaffolding needed to perform the shoot and got ahead of some of the issues that might have popped up on set.
The real life lighting set-up changed once I started sculpting with our models in the individual poses we eventually went with, but using CGI as a pre-visualization tool, I could make a fairly accurate guess on how high the scaffolding should be, how large of a ceiling backdrop was needed, and the focal length we would need to use.
Here are some of the images we captured.