This video will make you appreciate the work of d.p.’s and gaffers everywhere…

This model literally looks like a different person depending on where the light is coming from. Color and quality of light goes a long way toward conveying emotion, too. Actors, you’re welcome.

You’ll notice from the closeup shots the ring light reflection in the eyes. Putting lighting around the lens is a trick from stills photography that has gotten a lot more feasible for film thanks to lightweight, small LEDs.

And now with the motion rigs used on Gravity, there is a whole new lighting sandbox to play in. According to the Vimeo comments, Mr. Guzman’s rig is custom designed. If I had to guess, I bet the filmmakers here were using some kind of motion controller (modified electric train set) with LEDs attached.

Here’s how the footage was used in the final music video…