LIGHTING for Film and Television
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LIGHTING for Film and Television

Learn to tell stories with light in a 6-hour, immersive, funny course with sketch comedy and two complete short films
4.5 (381 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,748 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2013
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • To teach you not only how to light like movie and TV pros, but why you do what you do, and how it supports the artistic goals of the project
  • A willingness to be entertained while you learn.

A 6-hour, deeply immersive look into cinematic lighting, with parodies of programs such as Mythbusters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and What Not to Wear. We cover common mistakes, hard and soft light, using shadows, proper exposure and exposure tools, lighting technique, creating a mood with light, all built around meeting the ARTISTIC GOALS of your film/video project. We then talk about all of the lighting and grip gear, have an interview with Levie Isaacks, A.S.C, and more. And then, we showcase two short films we made specifically for this set (watch them now, for free!), and sit down with the cinematographer and director in an hour-long, behind-the-scenes featurette breaking down everything that was done to light the films, and we show our lighting lessons as applied to in real-world film production settings -- with the results to show for it!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners, intermediates who want to learn why instead of just how, and professionals for review and reference
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 05:54:17
+ The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Light
4 lectures 02:22:20

Introduction! A road map of the lessons ahead, common misconceptions and mistakes people make when they're first starting out, three simple things which will get you started making cinematic images, and some of the science of how light works.

Preview 41:18

Understanding brightness -- how bright an image should be, the range of brightness cameras can resolve (dynamic range), and overviews of the tools to measure it -- markers, zebras, and waveform monitors.

EXPOSURE: The Right Amount Of Light

Shadows are what give images depth, shape, light, character -- the art of cinematic lighting is the art of placing shadows. Creating shadows you want. Managing shadows you don't. Hard light, and soft light, and what they do for you.

SHADOWS: Giving Light Shape

This is it! Placing lights to create the looks you want! The nuts and bolts of lighting technique. Lighting motivation. Creating moods and characters with light and shadow! Lighting interiors. Lighting outside.

LIGHTING: Basic Technique
+ Ligthing Instruments and Support Gear
1 lecture 01:40:50

You've learned how much light you need, the kinds of light you work with, and where to put the light and shadows -- now learn the equipment which makes the light, and the gear which controls it and helps make it do whatever you need. Learn tungstens, HMIs, fluorescents, some LEDs, softboxes, barn doors, gels, reflectors, Mafer clamps, and everything in between!

LIGHTING GEAR: Making And Controlling Light
3 lectures 01:13:57

The first of the films made specifically for this lighting course! See a breakdown of the lighting in the included featurette.

Norm Lee will do anything to live happily with his wife, and won't let frightening visions interfere.

Preview 08:36

Second of the films.

A devout woman, married to a monster and desperate for a child's love, makes an unholy deal. Discretion advised for very young viewers.

Preview 08:40

You've watched the short films, now sit down with the cinematographer as we discuss how he used everything we taught you -- and more -- to bring the director's vision to life on the screen!

LESSONS APPLIED: Bringing The Scripts To Light Featurette
2 lectures 37:10

Hollywood Director of Photography Levie Isaacks, A.S.C., talks about getting started, life in the business, working with tools, and much more!

PRO LOG: An Interview With Levie Isaacks, A.S.C.

Final thoughts, and the names of the people who brought this program to you!