Film * Light & Lighting *
DeVinci: The comparative size of the image depends on the amount of light (30-39).
The Fine Arts masterpieces are good to study lighting. Look at the old masters (paintings) in Mise-en-Scene page!
3 Sisters: Realism & Method Acting
Twelfth Night: Comedy & Biomechanics
Directors Forum: Theatre & Film
The Development of the Scenic Spectacle: Stage Design.
Use this page for Film & Video Directing Class!
HomeworkRead your textbook in advance -- "Grammar of the Film Language"!
NotesLight as an element of "mise-en-scen" *
Questions: Your Needs (shot) and the Means to get it.
Da Vinci 159:
Shadow is diminution of light.
Darkness is absence of light.
lighting project in filmmaking
.... Illustrations ***
The materia of film is LIGHT. The control of light is lighting.(c)2004 *
1. Nature of light: Light is a form of radiant energy.
2. Lighting purposes and functions
The basic purpose is to manipulate and articilate the perception of our environment. Establishing a context for our experiences, a framework.
The outer shronotope and the inner world -- emotions. Duality: Reality + Feelings. Sujective POV. Atmosphere.
3. The nature of shadows
We are not aware of shadows. Attaches and Cast Shadows.
Fast and Slow Fallout
4. Outer orientation functions
Time (Day/Night, Clock Time, Seasons)
5. Inner orientation functions
High and Low-Key Lighting
Above and Below Eye-Level Key Light Posotions
Light = Dramatic Agent
StructuringChiaroscuro LightingCINEMATOGRAPHY TOPICS: Aesthetics * Attributes of the Visual Image * Framing * Lighting * Setup * Three-Point Setup * Setup Variations * Fill Light Setup * Hints for Creative Lighting * Film Tech Theory * Film Stock * Film Cameras * Lenses * Filters * Contrast * Video Tech Theory * Video Cameras * Formats, Systems, Standards * Videotape Stock * Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope * Video Exposure * Video Contrast * Picture Monitor * Time Code * Digital Tech Theory * Digital Basics * Pixels * Bits * Sampling and Quantizing * Compression Basics * MPEG vs. DV Compression * Recap of Quality Variables * Comparison of Formats * Popular DV Cameras * Lighting Technology * Fresnel Lights * Open-Face Lights * Fixture Selection * Light Control * Mounting Lights * Application *
1. Selective illumination
3. Fast falloff
Light Source & Overall Illumination
Shadow Distribution & Falloff
Cameo (A cameo scene has no scenery).
Special EffectsStrickly speaking, lighting is the special effect. There is no "natural" lighting, it's always manipulated light. Part of directing, my frieds, to focus our attention on something that communicated the meaning!
@2000-2004 film-north * Next: Sound *