Watch Let There Be Light: the Birth and Evolution of Cinema Lighting
After ‘The Camera That Changed the World‘, that told the fascinating story of the birth of hand held camera, here is ‘Let There Be Light‘, or how artificial light became a central tool to make films and how it evolved with time.
Narrated by Mark Vargo, ASC, Let There Be Light offers in 11 minutes a clear, clean and efficient overview of the History behind artificial lighting. Artificial lighting seems like an evidence to all of us, but the first films shot in Studios used opened ceilings and natural lighting to tell their story. It’s only when natural lighting became a limitation that the need for artificial lighting emerged.
Even though light is a central element in any film, especially if you are going for a strong mood and powerful visuals, lighting is a much harder field to grasp than cameras and, as a consequence, is not a subject as often tackled. “Let There Be Light” explains with simple words the basics of lighting, integrates the current technology available to light scenes, and shows how each can benefit a specific aspect of storytelling.
[UPDATE] This video is [the second] of a series Vargo is releasing. The first one was about light meters and the next one will be about grips and gripping, so keep an eye open and enjoy this lesson in lighting:
Thanks to Refocused Media
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