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
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to be entertained while you learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners, intermediates who want to learn why instead of just how, and professionals for review and reference

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Fundamentals of Understanding and Using Light

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.


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.


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.


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.

Section 2: Ligthing Instruments and Support Gear

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!


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.


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.


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!

Section 4: EXTRAS

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


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

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Instructor Biography

Wrightsville Beach Studios, Dedicated to creating the finest in filmmaking tutorials.

We founded Wrightsville Beach Studios in 2006 to create the very best in tutorials and training on film and video lighting, sound, and more. Created by professionals for aspiring professionals, we take viewers a step beyond other tutorials and show not only the what or how, but the WHY.

Founded by Emmy Award-winning producer and world-renowned Panasonic camera expert Barry Green, and DVXuser post-production guru David Jimerson. We began with the HVX BootCamp DVD, the definitive video tutorial for the enormously successful Panasonic HVX200 camcorder, and soon followed it up with what we consider the finest tutorials for movie Sound and Lighting.

Our catalog of award-winning, original programming is growing all the time. Viewers learn with the pros in easy-to-understand, funny, and immersive presentations - great for those just starting out and valuable reference guides for more advanced users. Find out why more and more people have said they learned more from us in a couple of hours than they have in years of classes.

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