During our last workshop we could learn more about lights. When you watch, no matter if it’s at home or at the cinema, you don’t think about it. But it is very important thing. Lights are usually necessary on a film set. Audience doesn’t realize how many lights were used during filming particular scene. That’s good, they shouldn’t be aware of it. It’s one of the rule coming from ammerican classic period (1930-1945), we shouldn’t think about technical stuff when we watch the movie. Just like editing should be kind of “transparent” and unnoticable. But even if we don’t pay attention to that, people on a film set do.
Three Point Lighting
It’s the name of the most popular technique.
3 Point Lighting is a method which uses three lights:
– Key light – the main and the strongest one
– Fill Light – used to fill the shadows created by the key light
– Back Light – behind the object; helps to create the depth and separate the object from the background
Our assignment fot the next week was to film a scene using 3 Point Lighting method. We were suppose to do this 2 times:
– once creating “natural” look
– second using lights
We’ve filmed it in a room. When I was setting up the lights I had Eddie’s words in my mind about how much those lights are worth. You have to be very confident and careful with this. Especially when you’re filming in a small room, where camera and lights are next to each other.
We’ve managed to this and I was quite happy with the result! Maybe the composition isn’t the best, but well, there is always “something”. We still didn’t learn to focus on everything, we were more into lights then anything else.
We used lights for the “dark” scene, when you can see that the little lamp is on the desk and also for the scene when you can think that it’s actually only daylight from the window. We also made a little experiment, we’ve filmed one scene without any lights, only with the natural daylight. And this one looked really bad and dark.
Here is the result of our work: