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Nice fire effect. It is all a bit dark, and I know you will say it is atmospheric, but some firelight on the puppet's face would make all the difference.
What Simon said.
In your avatar image here, it all looks much brighter. I like the overall darkness in the video, but the character is important so I want to see his face a little better. The hat brim prevents the blue moonlight from pinging up the edge of his face more strongly, so a bit of warm light coming up from the fire looks like the way to do it. You may have used little LEDs for the fire that light up themselves but don't throw much light up at him. You could maybe look at something like a pinspot mounted below the set floor, shining through a hole concealed by the ring of big stones, aimed up at him. Or maybe just a couple more LEDs strategically placed would do the trick.
There are great options available for small portable LEDs. I have modified some that work well for simulating firelight. I took a flameless candle, powered by AA batteries, and smashed it to remove the wax, and made what I call a 'blaster'. The LED has a focusing lens on it, which gives the light a direction. You can hide it offscreen. This blaster below has a green LED on it, but they ship with an amber LED which flickers. These cost about $7 at my local store. I hope this helps! Keep going on the movie, it's time consuming, but a lot of fun. Allow your enthusiasm to come and go, it's part of the process.
Thank you all for taking the time to watch and thank you so much for the feed back and tips. MUCH MUCH needed! We are still green horns at this lol. My Avatar photo was a test shot that we thought was to bright. Still scratching heads and need step back do more learning on lighting. The set looked good threw the camera and computer but look really dark watching it on a smart phone but is lighter on a HD tv? Thank you for the tips on the fire light, your right need to brighten up the camp fire for more refection on character. We will try the hole in the set to put a brighter light on the character. Again THANK YOU!
It's quite tricky getting the exposure right. I was recommended to shoot dark scenes a bit bright and bright scenes vice versa. If you look at the colour histogram you should not have any clipping either white or black. Then you can adjust the exposure in post.
I recommend you go thru the calibration options for your computer monitor, so that what you see is accurate. I don't know what your computer is but in Windows "Display" control panel there is a wizard for brightness calibration that will help you see the true brightness of your images.
It's OK to be green about this! Everything you are experiencing has been also experienced by people here.
I look at individual shots in other animated films as a reference for lighting because it's helpful for me. I love Aardman, and if you look at their night scenes for reference, you'll see how they do it.