Importance of Lighting in Movies

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Lighting is crucial when making a film, and lights are what a cinematographer uses to paint a set. Use lighting changes to help define characters with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about the importance of lighting in movies. Lighting is crucial to a film. Obviously if you don't have lights you can't see anything, so there's that. More importantly, lights... the light is really what the cinematographer uses to paint a set. You have your production designer come in, create a set, design a set, how the photographer and his gaffer light that set is what ultimately creates the tone of your movie and the mood. There's really a million different ways to light every set and each decision your cinematographer makes reflects the story, reflects what that scene is supposed to feel and mean and also reflects the main character's journey. You can also, you know, use the light to not only define what's going on in the world the character's in but also within the character himself or herself. You know, how you light that character's face, how you light their body even, if the light goes from more diffused to more of an overhead light with, you know, baggy shadows under the eyes, you know that can define, help define a persons state of mind, an emotional state to give that character more depth and more of just a physical look to them that represents what they're going through or enduring.

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