December 9, 2018
Fog is every cinematographer’s secret weapon, but you’ve got to know how to wield it.
When it comes to cinematography, especially in terms of lighting, fog is one of its biggest unsung heroes. Fog, haze, smoke, whatever you use, can do so much. It can diffuse light, give your film that quintessential horror look, and make your footage appear more cinematic and stylish by adding depth and thick, juicy light beams.
But fog is…fog. You can’t grab it like a big bunch of cables and throw it where you need it and expect it to stay put. However, in this video, filmmaker Olufemii shares a few tips on how to use this stuff like a true master. Check it out below:
Get a Haze Machine
These things are usually several hundred dollars to buy and are still pretty expensive to rent at around $150 to $200 per week. However, there’s a reason they’re pricey: they produce some beautiful atmosphere without all of the thick, messy smoke. You’ll still be able to get those nice light beams, diffuse light, and give your shots more depth, but, you know, it’ll cost you.