Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Quality lighting, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- We've talked about the basic tasks…that lighting has to perform.…But these things are generic…and don't refer to its use in any particular story.…Now we need to define what exactly you…want lighting to do for you in your movie.…What I'm talking about is referred to…as the quality of the light.…Here are some principles to keep in mind.…Quality lighting does three things different…from basic lighting.…First, it tells the story.…
I guess that sounds obvious.…But it might come as a surprise that I often have…students come to me to talk about…the lighting of their movie…and then start right away talking…about lighting units and color…and diffusion and style…before saying a word about the story…and what the lighting needs to accomplish in the movie.…When I start asking questions…about things that aren't clear to me, like,…"What's your film about?…"What does the protagonist really want?…"What's really in their way?"…Often these questions seem off topic…or somehow esoteric to the student.…
On the contrary.…When we do start talking about the mechanics…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Intermediate
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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