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#1 nasir albashir

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 09:54 AM

As a new and amateur film maker, i would like to ask two questions :blink:
1st is how can i properly light up a film set?
2nd how can i light a night shot, or at least make a night shot look good?

Thank you :P
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#2 Ian Cooper

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:17 AM

As a new and amateur film maker, i would like to ask two questions :blink:
1st is how can i properly light up a film set?
2nd how can i light a night shot, or at least make a night shot look good?

Thank you :P



I'm not really qualified to give detailed answers, but I suspect you need to be a little more specific about what you're wanting to achieve. There are an infinate number of ways to light a film set depending on what mood you're wanting to achieve... and what budget you have available.

Lighting a night shot again depends on what 'look' you want the image to have, and what tools are available to you.

I'm sure if you have a specific shot or mood you wish to recreate, the more experienced members of the forum will be able to step forward and assist. How to light a film set 'properly' is perhaps a bit generic.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:24 AM

If you fancy a basic introduction to lighting techniques, try looking a 3-point lighting.

It introduces the concept of a key light, fill light and backlight. Using those building blocks, plus the use of various diffusers should go a long way to lighting a lot of situations.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:37 AM

I don't know what the sound track is like (don't have the volume up in the office!) but the visuals show the effect of different light positions on this youtube clip. No doubt a bit more time spent googling around can find more examples.
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#5 David Rakoczy

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:14 PM

Immediately order the Book "Film Lighting" by Malkiewicz.

I have not found a more informative source. It includes everything you ask including Still Frame examples and Lighting Diagrams.

A must!

Edited by David Rakoczy, 06 October 2008 - 12:15 PM.

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#6 nasir albashir

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:46 PM

Thank you for the help, i appreciate it
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