Introduction to Lighting for Film & Video

MASTER the basics film lighting and video lighting and increase overall production value of your film and video projects
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

Join CARL GUNDESTRUP, veteran film, television and corporate video gaffer, as he walks you through the basic film lighting techniques and tools of motion picture and video lighting. From lighting instruments, grip tools and 3-Point Lighting both on set and in practical locations, to controlling light, color correction and lighting in layers, Carl teaches the principles used every day by professional lighting technicians. This award-winning video is sure to become a trusty reference tool for the beginner who's never opened a light kit up to even the more seasoned lighting cameraman.

Take this ultimate beginners course right now and learn film lighting and video lighting basics.


What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand basic lighting techniques and terminology used in film and video production

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning lighting for film and video

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Section 1: Introduction to Lighting for Film & Video
Introduction & Video Overview
3 Point Lighting
Carl teaches about the various color temperatures of light, measured by the Kelvin scale
Carl teaches about the numerous lighting instruments used on a film or video set
Carl demonstrates raw (uncorrected) light on our talent
Carl teaches about the traditional gear and tools used on a film set
Carl teaches 3 point lighting on a controllable film stage

Carl teaches about the differences between hard and soft lights
Carl discusses the different means in controlling light
Carl teaches how to control a soft light
Carl teaches how to control a hard light (fresnel)
Carl demonstrates using color correction gels to both correct for different color lighting sources as well as to create mood
Carl teaches 3 point lighting in a practical location
Carl discusses the options when working with existing, sometimes uncontrollable light sources. 
Carl teaches how to use color correction to match interior / exterior lighting colors
Video recap and closing credits
Section 2: Extras - Grip Kit in a Backpack
Carl shares his ideal "grip kit in a backpack" - An easy way to tote your most needed bits and pieces
Section 3: A Conversation with Carl Gundestrup
Carl explains the role of a "gaffer"
Carl discusses when to "break" the lighting rules. 
Carl explains the lights used to shoot "A Conversation..."
Carl discusses things to be aware of when using power / amperage in a house or office complex. 
Carl talks about the importance of lighting to create art, as opposed as just getting a suitable exposure on the talent or location. 
Carl discusses working with the Director of Photography, even if it means meeting in the middle, in order to obtain the best shot. 
Carl discusses the lighting instruments he'd recommend for a beginner's kit. 
Carl discusses the importance of being as prepared as possible when on set in order to maximize time. 
Carl discusses making the most of every angle and shot you have, even if it's "ugly". 
Carl explains the importance of getting to work. 
Carl discusses the importance of getting along with the film crew. 
Carl talks about being inspired by naturally occurring lighting and how he attempts to duplicate on set. 
Section 4: Introduction to Lighting for Film & Video Notebook
Introduction to Lighting for Film & Video Notebook
9 pages
Section 5: Quiz
Introduction to Lighting Quiz
2 pages
Section 6: Quiz (Master Key)
Introduction to Lighting Quiz (Master Key)
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Mike Chenoweth, Writer / Producer

Mike “Cheno” Chenoweth is an award-winning producer who has been involved in the film and video industry since 1992, working mostly in film & commercial production. Mike has written and produced commercial material for International businesses such as Biogen Pharmaceuticals, Weider Nutrition International, Nero Digital Software, ADP as well as numerous national and local clients. 

In 2004,  Mike took his production experience and helped form curriculums for two high school-oriented film programs, one in which being the first film charter high school in the United States. 
Mike also currently operates Reel Classroom, a company specializing in film & video training for education and independent film. 
In addition to production, Mike also writes for television commercials and feature films.


Instructor Biography

Carl Gundestrup has been lighting independent films, television commercials, music videos and corporate videos since 1978. His clients include, CBS, NBC, ABC, NBA, Industrial lighting and magic, Pepsi, America's Most Wanted, Ford, etc. He resides in Utah, married and the father of 4. For information on Carl you can go to

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