February 25, 2018

Watch: Create Cinematic Lighting with Cheap Household Lights

Do you want to give your film a more cinematic look but don’t have access to studio lighting? Perfect!

One of the main reasons why new filmmakers are so intimidated by the thought of lighting a scene is not just because it can be difficult, but because they don’t think they have the necessary tools. I mean, taking one look at a behind-the-scenes photo of a professional film set, with all of the giant lighting units and modifiers, is enough to want to hide in your turtle shell for good. However, you can get high-quality cinematic lighting with the fixtures you have in your own house, and in this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom will show you how to do it.

The motto of no-budget filmmaking should be “do what you can with what you have.” Can you light a scene in a huge warehouse with a desk lamp? No, but you can light an intimate dinner scene with one. Can you light a horror scene with the overhead fixtures in your house? Probably not, but kill the lights, use the flash on your smartphone, and you might be in business.

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Source: NoFilmSchool