DM120 Lighting and Grip

Course Description

There is no recorded image, no movie or video, without both a camera and light. Light goes beyond providing exposure, to provide a means of controlling viewer attention (and much more). This hands-on course introduces students to the common tools of lighting and light mounting and modification (known as grip equipment). Students will be review common lighting fixture and fundamental controllable parameters of lighting: direction, quality, intensity and color. Students will work in groups on exercises designed to explore these fundamentals, and develop the skills needed to do single subject lighting for interviews. Like most aspects of filmmaking, lighting is an area of study that is endless and boundless. This Filmmaking class gives students some basics, so that they can start practicing in a productive manner.

Learning Outcomes

  • Rough calculation of amperage for set up
  • Types of instruments/luminaries in use at school
  • Nature of these instruments, characteristics of their light output
  • Suggested common usage by type
  • Four primary control characteristics
  • Basic intro to grip tools for instrument mounting and light modification
  • Primary role of diffusion on sets; selection and control
  • Functions of 3pt lighting (primary source, contrast control, separation)
  • Basic control and augmentation of available light
  • Basic control of daylight exterior
  • Introduction to light color temperature
  • Use of camera to select “neutral” in mixed light situation
  • Intentional use of mixed light
  • Intro to photometric tables as means for selecting instruments
  • Contrast ratio use for consistency and mood control
  • Demo of light meter to show objective measurement of light, vs. waveform which is always contextual to camera