With the Golden Globes looming, the most daunting task is figuring out how radically different stars can look good under the same roof. Can the lighting that flatters Halle Berry do the same for Scarlett Johansson? Can the white heat that makes Kate Hudson's skin tones shimmer also show kindness to Jane Fonda?
TMZ scored a rare interview with Scott McKnight, the Chief Lighting Director for the Golden Globes. McKnight shared some of his secrets that make stars with vastly-different skin tones all look great. McKnight explains that the key is intensity of light. For someone fair-skinned like Scarlett Johansson, McKnight would bring down the intensity; for Halle Berry, he would crank it.
McKnight says the Globe rehearsals are critical. Lighting meters are studied and adjustments made for the show. The show, McKnight says, is like a high-wire act without a net. His team has no idea who will win in each category; leaving them with just seconds to react and adjust. McKnight says the audience in the ballroom and tv viewers never see the lighting shift. The changes are all subtle but critical.
McKnight admits screaming and short tempers abound in the control room during the live broadcast, but he doesn't take it personally. We asked McKnight what he drinks after the show. His curt reply: "Anything that's open."