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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: Taking Cheryl Home, The Evil Dead

Watch how cinematographer Tim Philo uses fog and just a few lights to create the horrific atmosphere of The Evil Dead.

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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: No Samurai Scene, Seven Samurai

Watch how cinematographer Asakazu Nakai uses the light sandwich to create stunning deep focus compositions for Akira Kurosawa in Seven Samurai.

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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: Sara’s Murder, Suspiria

Watch how cinematographer Luciano Tovoli fulfills Dario Argento’s color fantasy in the brilliant art-horror film, Suspiria.

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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: Candy-Colored Clown, Blue Velvet

Watch how cinematographer Frederick Elmes paints a harsh reality in the iconic “candy-colored clown” scene from Blue Velvet, directed by David Lynch.

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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: Plato’s Cave, The Conformist

Watch how cinematographer Vittorio Storaro channeled Caravaggio to tell the story of Plato’s cave, using just two lights.

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Film Lighting Explained

Film Lighting Explained: Halloween, Opening Scene

Watch how cinematographer Dean Cundey uses layers to create depth and keep us off balance in the opening scene of Halloween 1978: This video and series is about lighting theory, and some practical suggestions and guesses, based on my experiences and opinions. It does not contain information on actual fixtures or behind the scenes, since […]

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Film Lighting Tutorials

How to Light a Scene with Chinese Lanterns

Chinese lanterns are a cheap and inexpensive way to light a scene. Let me show you how.

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Film Lighting Tutorials

How to Light a Scene with Just One Light

How can low budget filmmakers light a scene with just one light? You can, with this technique!

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Film Lighting Tutorials

How to Shoot Anytime in Daylight Without Lights or Reflectors

The only trick you’ll ever need to deal with any daylight lighting conditions.

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Lighting Basics

What is Low-Key Lighting?

What is low-key lighting, and how do you apply it in cinematography?