Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.
—Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Day-for-night is a technique for shooting during the daylight hours and simulating an evening look. It’s used frequently by productions that need to cover night scenes but don’t—have the budget or the time to actually light a location for night shooting (size of the location is no excuse; remember the lit-up buttes of Monument Valley seen in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise).
Ideally, you’ll be working with the cinematographer to extend a day-for-night look that was started by ...