Hey David, I've got a real specific question for you this time.
Others are encouraged to chime in, as always.
Here's the scene, as written:
FOREST - NIGHT
John and Andie (girl) walk into a clearing in the woods. They sit on the forest floor and look up through the trees at the Milky Way.
Oh my god.
JOHNPOV - we see John’s silhouetted hand against a sky full of thousands of stars. Then POV of Andie’s hand against the stars.
Lie back. Now hold up your hand up, like this...
JOHNIt’s very dark, so we really only see outlines of them. It’s also quiet, except for the sounds of crickets. Their conversation is basically taking place in the dark. In a hushed, almost religious whisper...
If our eyes could see forever, your hand right now is blocking out more stars than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.
Do you hear that? It’s quiet.
1. How could I shoot that scene of the hand silhouetted in front of the Milky Way? The only way I can think of is to shoot a timelape plate looking up through the trees, then somehow composite in the dark hands? The problem with this is that the stars will obviously be moving very fast across the sky, timelapse style.... which may turn out of kind of cool, possibly. But I was wondering if there are any special effect "plates" of a sky full of stars, complete with twinkling effects or whatever makes it look real, that I could buy and then use for the composite? Or could I possibly shoot a single frame like this and get it "video-ized" so it looks like footage rather than a still? Any other ideas come to mind? The POV shot would only be like 2 or 3 seconds long, max.
2. I guess I would choose a night when the moon will be a as bright as possible to shoot the two characters in the woods, but I do not want to use any artifical light at all if I don't absolutely have to for this shot. Knowing what you know about RED and its low-light abilities, do you think I could shoot with only moonlight for this? I don't care if it's really dark. I want it to be. That way the voices are everything.