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What Does it Mean to Shoot Day for Night and What’s the Purpose of it?


This means that a shoot is done during the day but simulates night time, using filters, underexposure, and other techniques to create a feeling of darkness. BUT WHY NOT JUST SHOOT AT NIGHT? One of the  reasons why this is done is because of scheduling. If we need to shoot night scenes but it follows a day shoot, the crew and actors will have no time to rest and if we wait until the following evening, we lose a full day of shooting. Another reason to shoot day-for-night is energy cost. Even though you your scene is at night, you still need to light it and if you’re outside away from electric plug-ins, it’s going to cost money for generators and fuel. If you notice, many of the night scenes in WINTER’S BONE was shot during the day.


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