Filmjournalen: LIVE!

The one and only Finnish-Swedish Film magazine Filmjournalen is throwing a free bash at Kino Andorra, so we’re going back to where we arranged Club Between Storeys back in November.

The one day festival screens Swedish shorts from Finland all day on April 14, 2012. Love Between Storeys kicks off the festival along with a slew of other fresh films at 11 AM.

Filmjournalen LIVE! Facebook Event

That’s Kino Andorra Eerikinkatu 11, Helsinki | April 14, 2012 | 11 AM | Free Entry

Filmjounalen also ran a big centerfold piece on Love Between Storeys in their first issue of 2012, which was great! Look at what it looks like:

Wanna read what they said? Learn Swedish and buy your own copy. This one's mine.

Wrapping It Up – An Epilogue

This marks the end of our Elevator Set series. Hope you had an enjoyable read!

Here’s a handy index page for every update: Making Love Between Storeys Index.
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Modes & Moods: Emergency Light

The emergency light mode kicks in when the elevator goes from complete darkness into a power saver mode. The top light and ceiling spots are off and the only available light comes through the doors and the floor at this time. This was the most interesting sequence lightingwise for me (Nils-Erik) as I love dark and moody stuff.

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Modes & Moods: Darkness

A very common question for beginners on the film-making scene is, how do you light darkness? The answer is, you can’t. You need a light source somewhere for the audience to realistically be able to see anything. There’s a scene in the script when the elevator goes dark, and we used the gaps in the elevator doors to get some light into that darkness.

When the elevator goes dark, we switch the lights off mid-shot. First, the lights are on...

... then they're out. See the boxes of light left to give some light to the actors.

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Modes & Moods: Normal Light

Normal light mode is the general light set up for when the characters hang out in the elevator. All our light sources (ceiling, wall spots, doors and floor) are in use during this mode. There’s slight variation in how much power is channelled into the ceiling lights depending on which stage of the elevator sequence we’re in.

The light is a bit more harsh (harder and less soft) at the beginning and the end of the elevator sequence. This was achieved by removing some of the garden plant cover from the sides of our soft and powerful top light, and also by channeling more power into the bulbs through our dimmer. This subtle variation was done to get a softer mood in the elevator while the characters get to know each other.

I’d imagine that without access to a dimmer pack, we would’ve simply switched a bunch of the 150 watt bulbs to 100 watt (or less) bulbs.

Here’s a couple of framegrabs where we break down what exactly is happening lightingwise to give you a practical idea of how we worked on our shots.


Jenny and Adam standing in the lift (before blackout). All our lights are in use

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Lighting: Modes & Moods

In this section we cover the different light modes in the elevator and what different moods they give to the elevator sequence.

We had three different light modes in the elevator:

1) Normal – When the characters hang out in the elevator

2) Darkness – During the power outage

3) Emergency light mode – When the elevator is in power saver mode

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Lighting: Console & Label Lights

We decided the emergency console and floor labels needed a light of their own so that the audience could see them. This was done by rigging a lamp behind the console.

We also slapped on a blue filter to get a mechanical sheen to the labels. This would also make them stand out a bit more.

Testing how blue the buttons should be

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VERA filmfestival

The festival circuit continues, now in the Finnish archipelago!

Love Between Storeys will be screening at the VERA film festival in Mariehamn, the Aland Islands, at 21:20 on Wednesday March 23rd. We’ll be taking the ferry there to represent!

Here’s the link

Lighting: The Floor Lights

We used fluorescent tube lamps to shoot light from the floor. These were normal household tube lamps, not unlike bathroom lighting. The lamps consisted of two tube lamps under a milky plastic cover.


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Lighting: The Doors and Their Cardboard Brothers

The doors to the elevator are actually two pieces of elevator ceiling that we decided to adapt to our own purpose. The metal pieces had rectangle shaped holes in it to let light flow through them, which suited our need for an extra light source quite well.

We covered the holes with diffusion gels and blasted light through them to create boxlike shapes into the elevator. Not only did this bring mood to the scene, but it actually provided us with something else: we’d be able to use this light to establish when the elevator moves. Having several shapes move across the actors looked way cooler than a simple line of light which you usually see being used in fiction.

In these two shots from the movie you can see the light boxes giving light to our actors:

If you look closely, you can see slivers of colder light on Lyston's suit, Aurélie's coat and the Prism logo. In motion they are much more pronounced.

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