The lock down. What goes into it, and why it’s not just pressing record

Hello everyone,

A new spot that I shot for North in Portland is airing all over the web and TV. It’s getting a lot of attention due to the nature of the spot. Healthcare in Oregon.

Here is the spot:


So lets look at what went into creating a “Lock down” spot like this one.

For the tech people I will just give you a list of gear that I used to shoot this spot.

Gear List

Red Scarlet X 4kHD 6:1

Canon Cine Primes 24,50,85 Arri FF

True ND Filters, .3-1.5

2 12X12 with Silks   1 8×8 Ultra Bounce    4×4 diffs   1 4k HMI


So we got to set around 5-5:30 am. It was a overcast day with sun shine expected around noon. We were going to be shooting till around 3 pm or so.

I knew we would be getting our first shot around 8:30 and that at the time the sun would be just over some trees shining right on the subject straight on. We were lucky to have some nice cloud cover to give us a even light but it was very flat. I knew that would happen as we scouted the location a few days before. So I had the crew set up a 12X12 to help fill in the stage left side of the actors, as the sun was moving to stage right over time. We also had the 4k HMI on stage left side with a 4X4 Diff in front to help take some of the punch out.

As you can see we were going for the community theater look and feel for this spot and the director and I talked about lighting it like we were at the theater, if we can have hints of that. So the 4k also helped to at as my spot light for Laura. 

Next once the lighting was dialed in I had to deal with the increase in suns intensity as the clouds were shifting away. So we used the True ND filters in front of the lens to have matching looks and feels through the spots and time it took to film them. They are wonderful filters for the RED cameras as they deal with IR issues also. They were on loan from Bandpro! Thanks guys. Using ND outside is a must in these types of shoots. Not only did it let me keep my shooting f stop that I wanted but it allowed me to also with my background sky and keep the exposure level of the whole scene right where I wanted it.

After lunch we shot the 2nd spot.The sun had come out so we lost the 4k and set up a 12X12 white griff and used that as a big bounce source to even the fill side of the talent. It worked but we got lucky with some cloud cover that I liked much better and shot around the sun.

So over all a lot goes into a locked off shot on the behind the scene of it. The director and the production team did a wonderful job putting together all the events that take place on screen the talents were great and the set was a blast to be on. Thanks for checking this out and thanks again to Cover Oregon and North for having me aboard.

Sean D Brown