Learn about the tools of lighting, and about the specific characteristics of each type of light, where you might use each, and disadvantages of each.
- Lighting is the place where the cinematographer…has the greatest autonomy and impact…in the making of a movie.…Lighting sets the mood of the film,…it creates the context in which the entire film happens.…It has an impact on acting, production design,…costuming, editing, makeup, and effects.…So let's look at the ways a cinematographer…uses tools of lighting.…Now the cinematographer isn't the director,…so we don't get to set the specifics of the story…that we've come here to tell.…
The cinematographer isn't a gaffer or the key grip,…so when we're making a movie, we may not actually…ever touch any of these things,…but the first skill of the cinematographer…is to be a collaborator.…Now the cinematographer has to understand the tools…so that we effectively deploy these units in lighting a set.…Now the first thing to talk about is the way…the light is generated.…We have a tungsten light here, we have an LED light there,…and we have HMI light there on the end.…
Now the tungsten light was the first technology…that we used in creating light in the movies.…
Focus equipment can be complex and completely separate from the camera. Bill talks about how to use this equipment effectively. In addition, unlike still photography, your camera and the subject in front of your camera may be in motion. Discover how to manage this dynamic aspect of filmmaking, including how to avoid common focusing errors with actors. Finally, get tips for handling common problems with lighting and focus.
- Using the light meter
- Optics concepts
- Pulling focus
- Focus splits and zones of focus
- Composition and movement
- Avoiding common focusing errors with actors
- Solving common lighting and focus problems