The subject of today's analysis is this frame from Carol (2015, T. Haynes). There are many elements that create the atmosphere, feel, and the period impression that continues throughout the film.
There are not many elements of the set design in this frame, but everything is highly stylized periodically. Additionally, the "dirty" glass that the audience has to see through adds to the complexity of the frame.
KEY LIGHT SOURCE:
Midground is often the main focus of the frame and here in the midground is Carol in her booth and the window positioned right next to the booth. The midground was lit at an angle so that half Kate Blanchet's face is enlightened. The fill light was probably created to mock the cafe's ambient light but not strong enough to take over the daylight from the outside.
This is the original picture.
KEY LIGHT SOURCE MOTIVATION:
One practical light off
Practical source in the back room
Window with blinds 2/3 covered, color temperature consistent with the front room daylight.
Establishes that there is more depth to the apartment than just that one room. The photographs on the string add extra content to the character depth.
Fills up the composition. Adds to the business of the scene.