Understanding Light Placement w/ Multiple Actors: Semi Pro

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  13 Minutes of Instructional Video, lighting, camera schematics and a glossary of terms for better learningSUPPLIED W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is Part 4 of a 6 Part series that is Blocking & Lighting from A to Z.  It takes you through my thought process on how to block a scene with the script, creating Key frames that then become the foundation for your blocking with the actors on the DAY.  Every nuance of being on set and over my shoulder as shot lists are created, blocking is finessed, lighting is perfected is revealed.

Lighting multiple actors can be a daunting task.  Keeping contrast in a room or space is Paramount.  But how do you do that when you have 6 plus characters?  In this lesson I reveal where and how to place your lights when lighting multiple actors.  How to light an area not MARKS.  This lesson pulls back the curtain for you to deliver a cinematic look.

  • Understanding that placing the light on the opposite side of the camera is paramount
  • How to light a wide shot
  • What to do when you go in for the Close Ups and how I alter the light
  • What types of diffusion I use
  • Where the lights are placed for speed

lukaskalinowski 21 days ago

Thanks Shane for this is incredible useful! Does batten lights produces multi shadows (if yes how do you cope with that )? Thanks!

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    20 days ago

      @lukaskalinowski Hi Lukas, You are so welcome my friend, no double shadows at all, because the bulbs are so close together, they give you one shadow as a single line of light.

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luissalaslobo 23 days ago

One of the best lessons, great stuff, really made allot of things clear. Thanks!

Jontomknuff 26 days ago

I am making batten lights at home depot and I’m wondering if I should use those big indoor LED spot lights with high CRI or go for the brightest regular type spot bulbs with the narrowest beam angle(not flood angle). I am willing to pay extra for LED with higher CRI so that they don’t get hot…. but if you think I should just go with regular spot bulbs and not take the risk I’ll just go that route. Do you have a specific bulb you can recommend? Thanks Shane! I’m learning an insane amount of stuff from you and it’s greatly appreciated.

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    22 days ago

      @Jontomknuff Hi Jon, Nice, so glad you are getting dirty in there with building. I would try to find R-30 75 Watt spot globes, they are difficult to find but have a go at it, if not I would try the frosted sealed beam spot globes that are for outdoor lights

    • Jontomknuff    22 days ago

      @Jontomknuff Awesome! Great!

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leon 14 days ago

Shane this has to be one of your best series’ so far. It’s filling in so many gaps. Thank you!