When it comes to horror movie props, I'd guess flashlights are as popular with the good guys as machetes are with the killers. The cinematographer in me thinks they look pretty cool on camera, too.
Having done a few flashlight scenes for Interplanetary, I've come up with some tips that might help you release your inner Mulder or Scully.
- Brighter is better. We've been using Mag-Lites, which are okay, but I'd like to find something even brighter. Any suggestions?
- Keep plenty of fresh batteries on hand. That'll keep whatever lights you're using as bright as possible.
- A little party fog will break up the light and give your beam(s) more definition. Don't overdo it (unless you're going for a Sherlock Holmes thing or something).
- No matter how bright your flashlights, you're probably going to need some supplemental lighting (unless you have many flashlights or are shooting in a very confined space).