I'm hoping for some tips and insight from experienced DPs out there into how I can achieve the "glossy" music video look found in higher budget videos...especially in skintones.
For example in the performance section of the following:
Basically I have worked shooting video for years with Chimeras and Kinos in the past in interview and corporate situations but want to "step it up" and progress as a shooter/lighting cameraman.
I realize most higher budget or "glossy" videos aren't obviously going for realism. As I understand these music videos are a combination of lighting, makeup and post processing. Am I correct that the lighting is usually flat, large sources (12k or whatever) right behind/above the camera, with a strong backlight. What about exposure...are these shot flat normally or just barely overexposed to aid post processing that silky look without losing sharpness? Or is this all done in "power windows" to smooth out the face.
These videos also tend to have deep glossy blacks (wet down pavement etc) but is this mostly done in post?
Hoping for some insight, as I'm not naive enough to think slapping on Magic Bullet filter to 3-light kit HDV footage is going to cut the mustard :-) But hopefully with tools like Red, Apple Color, and additional lighting these looks are more possible to achieve now than ever?!
Thanks for any time and input. Appreciate it!