How an IKEA Trash Can Was Used to Light a Horror Film Shot

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Sometimes, in order to save money on a film set it’s best to improvise in the creation of lighting modifiers to get a particular look. Many photographers have been doing it for years, and we even did it. But director David F Sandberg put an interesting twist on lighting when shooting his recent short film entitled, “Not So Fast.

Essentially, David needed to create some very faint lighting on the subject in the film–which turned out to look like very faint moonlight in the end. And to do this he took a light bulb and put it in an IKEA trashcan that was modified at home to give off the right amount of spread and diffuse the light’s output. After that, he used in-camera exposure settings to nerf out all the ambient light otherwise and combined the scene with a black curtain.

It’s incredibly simple, yet really cool. Check out the video after the jump.

Lighting a Film with an IKEA trash can – Behind the scenes of ‘Not So Fast’ from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.