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#1 Jeff Sola

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:19 AM

Anyone know of any good resources that discuss the various ins and outs of lighting for different genres?
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#2 shane grace

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:20 PM

I saw an actress on TV joking about how a director would place a light above him and say "Romantic" then place the light below his chin and say "horror" and keep doing that over and over again...

Lighting in some ways can be that simple.

Most comedies are shot very 'high key' meaning everything is exposed and not many shadows are visible.

Horror films are mostly shot 'low key' meaning not much is exposed and the scene is mostly shadows to creat mystery for the viewer.

This is lighting for a particular in its most simplest terms.

Reading American Cinematographer magazine will show you how directors communicate to thier DP's as to how they want to enhance/communicate thier story. Sometimes it is as simple as the above example but what happens when shooting a psychological thriller?, a dark comedy?, a romantic road movie? There are many variables.

Directors get bored also and may want to shoot a Horror with 'high key' lighting for example.

Thankfully there are no hard-and-fast rules for lighting any particular genre, if there was, being a DP would be very boring.
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