How To Make Your First Movie – Phase 5: Lighting

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from Seaworthy and more videos in the Film Production category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com Novice filmmakers tend to focus on the script and filming, but proper lighting lends a professional quality that can’t be beat. To complete this How-To you will need: Lights Stands Gels, filters, and flaps A power source Extension cords Reflectors Step 1: Work with what’s there Before you start hauling lights around, take note of where you’re filming and see if it’s possible to work with what’s already there. Tip: Always set up the camera and block the scene before you start lighting—otherwise you’ll waste a lot of time if you discover you have to move the shot and then redo all the lights. Step 2: Attach filters and barn doors Before flipping on the lights, attach scrims, “barn door” flaps, and diffusion gels (with clothespins) as needed. These will help you control the quality and quantity of the light. Tip: Be careful with barn doors—they can get extremely hot very quickly! Wear protective gloves, if necessary. Step 3: Position the lights Position the lights in the room. For a good multipurpose setup, use three lights in a classic arrangement know as “three point lighting.” Step 4: Set up key light Put one light in front of

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How To Make Your First Movie – Phase 5: Lighting