Mr. Mullen's book is great no doubt... I have not read it but just ordered a copy as if I get one thing out of it, it is well worth the price.... What I HIGHLY recommend for you is FILM LIGHTING by MALKIEWICZ. This book is fantastic!!! Loaded with Examples and Diagrams. This book will give you all the confidence you need to get in there and Light. It also has a running commentary by the Masters. A MUST!
Now, 'Pros' often take this bit of advice the wrong way and I hope they can see what I am referring to as I really don't want to spend a lot of time defending the simplicity of the coming statement. I worked for a great Gaffer named Lee Heckler (Heaven's Gate and much much more) who Gaffed for Vilmos and the rest. One day (early in my career) I asked Lee 'How do I Light?' as if there was one simple answer... he made a great statement... "Well... turn on a Light, start moving it around.. now you're Lighting". Yes, we should pre-visualize a scene and transfer that vision into Light Values and expose those values onto emulsion. But there is a truth to what Lee told me (though it frustrated me at the time) .. and the once or twice I was stuck (early in my career).. his advice got me out of the jam.
Edited by David Rakoczy, 18 July 2008 - 09:36 AM.