Top Light: Where When and Why

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  6 Minutes of Movie Clips for Instruction, and In Depth Lighting Schematics    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  In this lesson you will learn the power of using a top light source and how it gives you the ability to move the camera effortlessly without casting shadows on your actors.  Top light can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, or a shaft of light. It can blast onto a table that bounces light onto all of your characters around it. I like to use it if it feels real, like the light is just there. You are not sure where it is coming from, but it doesn’t feel lit. Here we analyze two scenes from The Greatest Game Ever Played.

• How to use top light to separate a character from a group
• How to use top light to make the audience feel claustrophobic
• How to use top light to shoot 360 degrees
• How to blast side walls to brighten up perimeters


<<<Jared>>> Excellent!
<<<Matt>>> Excellent Lesson as always.



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t.moore 12 days ago

I love the scene with Ted Ray. Great work Shane! Approximately how much time did it take you to shoot this scene?