Lighting scenarios

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  • Lighting Scenarios Lecture prepared 9/8/10 by John M. Grace, film worker and instructor D.A.T.A. Charter High School Albuquerque, NM 2010, John M. Grace All Rights Reserved for use availability, email
  • A Basic Grip/Electric Package
  • The goal for a Gaffer or Cinematographer should be to make the lighting appear organic. Good lighting should look natural and not call attention to itself. The best tribute that I can receive is for people to think a scene was lighted entirely with natural light and not to notice my work. Above and following are some lighting diagrams from classic films.
  • Harry Potter A fun exercise for students is to take scenes from popular films and to imagine the lighting used for the scene
  • Harry Potter Lab Table Fresnel Back Light Fresnel Bounce Fill Fresnel Key Light Camera
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Fluoroescent Fluoroescent 300w Fresnel Camera
  • Women Without Men
  • Women Without Men Camera Fresnel 300w Fresnel
  • Forty Shades of Blue
  • Forty Shades of Blue Fresnel Camera BAR Fresnel Soft Box Practical Practical
  • Charlie Wilsons War
  • Charlie Wilsons War Fresnel Camera Fresnel Fresnel Soft Box Practical
  • Boys Town
  • Boys Town DESK Fresnel HMI Fresnel Fresnel Fresnel Soft Box Camera
  • The Grass Grows Green
  • The Grass Grows Green DESK Fresnel Fresnel Fresnel Camera
  • Casablanca Have your students try creating a lighting plot for these or other scenes for experience
  • Casablanca
  • Inception
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • Three Penny Opera