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Working Title: Magic Cave Lighting: From YKTTW
: Copied the following from Hollywood Night
, which was an unnecessary duplicate. Still, I think some of this info could be folded into Hollywood Darkness
The use of dim blue lighting to indicate night or darkness. Usually used indoors, but some shows have actually used a blue filter on the camera and underexposed a daylight scene to simulate night. Many old black-and-white movies used blue tinted film to indicate night. It's not real night, because if you turned off all the lights you wouldn't be able to see anything at all — it's just Hollywood night.
Known in the business as "shooting day for night". Essentially a cost-cutting measure, since it's much easier to film a scene during the day. Often a form of Special Effect Failure
, especially if shadows are involved.
Not the same as Bad Blue Lighting
, which turn up even when it's supposed to be just a cloudy day or literal bad blue lights. Hollywood Night
is always intended
to be dark.
This is also found in some video games, such as World of Warcraft
, where midnight is well lit and even caves aren't hard to see your way through. Someone trying to plan out a dramatic Machinima piece for the first time might be annoyed to note that there's just no way to film a decent night scene distinct from a day scene. For a console example, take the N64 Mario Golf, which was night in sudden death but with no lights.