Larkmarn on Jul 11th 2018 at 11:05:48 AM
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Arivne on Sep 14th 2018 at 3:01:58 PM
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Rolling updates. Seen It a Million Times so I'm making this and going to add examples as I come across them.
There's something about candles as ambient lighting. As in real life, they create an atmosphere of warmth and closeness. In terms of set design, they make for a really cool shot. And lots of them just enhances the effect. But here's the thing: lighting them can be a pain in the butt. Maybe it's a case of Coitus Ensues and mood light is needed. Maybe power is out and characters want light without abusing the Nuclear Candle trope. But between shots, expect dozens of candles to be instantly lit when needed and without explanation. Extreme examples may occur when an uninhabited room is already filled with lit candles when the scene gets there.
- Despite being on the run, having had one of their friends killed before their eyes, when Cade and his group hide out in an abandoned church in Transformers: Age of Extinction they apparently saw fit to light every candle they could in the church. During daytime, no less.
- The Phantom of the Opera: The Phantom's lair constantly has lit candelabras, even when characters are first entering the room. Hell, some of them rise from the water already lit.
- Justified in Thud!, where a symbol of an extremely potent dwarven rune is discovered on a cocktail drinks menu and kept surrounded lit by candles at all times, because of what could happen if it were left in the dark (summoning a sort-of demon of vengeance that dwarves are terrified of, with good reason).
- A frequent sin in Cinemasins, where Jeremy inevitably points out how nonsensical it is for every candle to be lit in every shot.
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