Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cinematography And Lighting: Lesson 30: Lighting Interiors

If you are on location, and you are shooting your first movie, or you have no budget, you will go with available light. Most cinematographers will consider the windows in interior scenes as being the Key Light. In a big budget film they will … Continue reading

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Cinematography And Lighting: Lesson 29: Time To Light The Movie Set

Time To Light The Movie Set Even before you begin to light the set it is beneficial to block out your actors in a first rehearsal. You should already know how you want the frame the shot. The production has … Continue reading

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Cinematography And Lighting: Lesson 28: What Character Of Light Is Right For Your Movie

What character of light is right to make your movie shine? Before you set up a single light to make your set shine, you have to figure out what character of light you are after. Will it be High key, … Continue reading

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Cinematography And Lighting: Lesson 27: The Best Way To Learn How To Light A Movie

If you are shooting your first film you will likely do it all. You will be the DOP, the Camera Operator, and the Director. On a big show, each one of these jobs will be filled. Starting small, however, is … Continue reading

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Cinematography and Lighting: Lesson 26: Three Point Lighting

Three point lighting is the name of the game. Three point lighting means you have a Key Light, a Fill Light, and a Backlight. The Backlight was originally invented for the days of black and white photography, as this was … Continue reading

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Cinematography and Lighting: Lesson 25: All The Different Kinds Of Primary Lights And Their Sources

Before I get into things like composition, rehearsals, working with the crew, and the different kinds of setups, I want to get the technical things out of the way first. Lighting is a whole universe in itself and no website can teach you it all. You will … Continue reading

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Cinematography And Lighting: Lesson 24: Introduction, The Study Of Light

Painting is a study of light. Cinematography is a study of light. The cinematographer is a master of light, and the instrument used to capture it. Like the painter, a good cinematographer thoroughly understands the dynamic nature of light, in its ever-changing moods. Understanding the relationship between light and emotion is important. … Continue reading

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Filmmaking: Lesson 23: How To Sell Your Screenplay

Before I forget, I need to throw in this info. Orson Wells once said: I spent half my life making movies, and the other half trying to raise money to make them, or something like that. This is very true. Once I almost … Continue reading

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DSLR Cinema Gear: Filmmaking: Lesson 22: The Film Gear You Will Need To Make A Movie

Like I said at the start in Lesson 1, the reason I started this online film school was because through digital technology, specifically DSLRs and cameras like the Black Magic, filmmaking has become accessible to everyone who can save up … Continue reading

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Film Directing Schools: Filmmaking: Lesson 21: Directing Actors

First: a very basic explanation of how to screen act? When asking most actors new to screen acting the difference between acting for the stage and acting for the screen they will almost always say: for movies you have to tone it … Continue reading

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