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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Painting with Light

Have you ever wondered why certain movies carry that ominous, eerie feeling right off the bat? Why was Children of Men so dull and depressing? What about Matrix? Confessions of a Dangerous Mind? It is the lighting. I had not paid close attention on the deliberate lighting decisions and the kind of mood that it can set until now. Will update as I learn more on this.

In the meanwhile if you are interested read these books:
  • Matters of Light and Depth by Ross Lowell
  • Painting With Light by John Alton
  • Motion Picture and Video Lighting by Blain Brown
  • Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook by Harry Box

There is bunch of more recommended books at Bill Zarchy's Web site.