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How to Light Night Interiors

Night Interiors: The Build I’m going to take you through how I light night interiors, and those night interiors will transition from our practical light into moonlight and urban...

Night Interiors: The Shoot

As we’ve gone over previously, lighting night interiors takes time and patience to get it right. There’s a specific mood that you don’t want to feel as forced or...

SIC Podcast: Ep. 40 – Trusting Your Instinct

What’s beautiful about this industry is that everyone has their own unique approach to handling creative situations and business choices. Over the course of my career, I’ve enjoyed the...

Night Interiors: The Finesse

Anytime you’re dealing with the sheers, if you notice I’ve put grey sheers in here, if you’re doing night interiors, night exteriors – grey sheers are the secret. Because...

Night Interiors: The Build

I’m going to take you through how I light night interiors, and those night interiors will transition from our practical light into moonlight and urban sources that we replicate....

Shaping Light and Shadow

One of the most powerful tools for you as a cinematographer is understanding light and shadow. This is where my Key Grip, Dave Knudson, comes in. It’s all about...

Rosco Diffusion Series Part 6: Color Grids

Welcome back to our diffusion laboratory at the Inner Circle. We have our beautiful model Monette and we’ve set a wonderful stage for going through all the different diffusions....

Portable Generator Etiquette

Shane: Portable generators are a very important part of the movie-making experience. Today we’re going to show a 6500, a 3000, and a 2000. Theses are the workhorse portable...

Rosco Diffusion Series Part 5: Grids

Welcome back to our diffusion laboratory. Now we’re going to be moving on to one of my favorite diffusions on the planet, which is the grid cloth. We’ll take...

How to Light an Interview with 4 Lekolites

Most people wouldn’t choose Lekos as their light of choice when doing an interview set-up. I want to break those preconceptions and demonstrate how this tool is the jack...

SIC Podcast: Ep 26 – Setting Up Your Lighting

This month's podcast covers your questions on setting up your lighting. Shane discusses lighting backgrounds first, set ups and ratios as they pertain to moods, white balancing the night,...

Headlight Gag: The Build (DIY)

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Moonlight Grey: Part 2

Tungsten across the board looks like the best and most realistic moonlight source because it looks silver, and has a soft gray like the moon. Since our sources are...

Moonlight Grey: Part 1

Now we are going to create a gray moonlight. For gray, I like to use tungsten lights because they have a beautiful silver quality. We are going to use...

TV Gag: Dedo Lights

I’m going to use the method I used in We Are Marshall to create a TV gag effect.

TV Gag: Kino Flo Lights

There are many ways to create a TV light effect. In We Are Marshall I used dedo lights in a chimera softbox. Today I’m going to demonstrate how I’ve...

Moonlight Blue: The Shoot

Our scene tonight is moody and mysterious. We have two girls running down a hillside through this smoke amongst all this shadowy tree dapple with simulated moonlight backlighting them....

Moonlight Blue: The Setup (DIY)

The sun is setting, and we are going to start lighting before we run out of daylight. The first thing you want to set when you’re doing night exteriors...

Moonlight Blue: The Scout

Many of you have asked how I light at night, so in this How to Light Night Exteriors series, I want to show you my style of night lighting.

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 2

Welcome to part five of the How to Light Day Interiors series, where we will tie up everything and make our final changes.

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 1

In this article we’re going to focus on getting the right color temperature with our gels to get beautiful color separation. I’m also going to talk about ratios and...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 2

In this article, we are going to bring in the shafts of light and do a lot of fine-tuning to finesse our image. The spotlight packs the wallop of...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 1

Now that we know where we want our cameras and our talent, we can add haze, finesse our floodlights to create a beautiful key light, and make adjustments to...

Day Exteriors: Wide Shots and Walk-Talks

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Day Exteriors: Location Scouting

When shooting a day exterior scene, consider the track of the sun when creating your shooting schedule, and match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure...

Finding Locations that Light Themselves

The first thing I try to do is search for locations that will almost light themselves. Yes, that is correct – the location lights itself. How do you do...

Bounce Light: Gold

Today's video demonstration is about using the color of gold in your bounce light.

Bounce Light: Creating a Hyper White Look

Part four of this series will go into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Hyper White. This requires a silver material to retain this hyper-white color temp....

When To Use a Fill Light

The third point of a classic three point lighting set up is a fill light. This is that light that adjusts your contrast ratio. Depending on the mood of...

C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light

I will cover c-stand etiquette, as well as help you understand how to shape light. We will be going into more advanced light control in the coming months and...

Top Light: The 360 Degree Shotmaker

Top light is light that comes from above. It can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, a shaft of light, etc. It can be an intense top backlight...

Shaping and Controlling Light

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

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