How to Create Firelight and Lamplight Effects: Into the Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  13 Minutes of  Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Lighting Diagrams    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Some of Shane’s favorite setups throughout Shane’s career have been trying to emulate fire and lamp light. In terms of complexity and logistics, this has to be one of the hardest setups to execute. Fire is such an organic and spontaneous source to replicate and it takes time to figure out how to get it right.

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  • How to use DIY solutions to create fire and lamp light effects
  • How to emulate flame-like quality
  • The equipment Shane uses to create the fire effects
  • How to control the intensity for highs vs. lows
  • How to create that perfect flame-like source and flicker pattern to trick the audience
  • How to use DIY solutions to create fire and lamp light effects


<<<Olly>>>Beautiful color-contrast between fire and moonlight!
<<<Jacopo>>>Terrific scenes! Those warm tones were just beautiful and the lower angle of light brought so much meaning to the scene.
<<<Lautaro>>>Great article!
<<<Scott>>> Great information! Your lighting and how it is used is very interesting to me.
<<<Gary: Ah this one has been so helpful!>>>
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luke 25 days ago

Hi Shane, I’d be interested to know how/if you’d do this differently now with LED (RGB) technology? What fixtures you’d use e.g.

    • luke    24 days ago

      @luke Thanks!

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    16 days ago

      @luke What I love about this Trash Can light is the ability for it to project light from a distance, like being able to have it out of the frame and it has the hard light feel that a fire has. With LED technology you would have to go with some LED Par lights and Small LED Fresnel fixtures so that you could get the necessary output to keep it out of frame. Remember most LED fixtures are not hard lights they are more of a wide source then a pin source.