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The Power of Lighting for Film and Video [electronic resource]: Lighting Backgrounds

TMW Media Group
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Although the foreground subject in a moving image is, by definition, the focus of attention, the importance of the background elements can't be overstated. This program provides detailed lighting demonstrations that reveal the importance of background illumination and how to manipulate it. From low-key scenes shot in a living room to the flashy environment of a broadcast newsroom, the program shows ways to create mood, texture, a certain time of day, and more. Viewers learn about using a Chimera light bank, PAR lamps of assorted power levels, a flicker generator to help match firelight, and various gels, filters, silks, and nets. The concept of a lighting "constant," or a source that can't be changed in brightness, is explored.
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Run Time
40 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 15, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Lighting Backgrounds
The Power of Lighting for Film and Video
Power of lighting for film and video
  • Lighting: Defining a Constant: Background Elements (7:36)
  • Light Control (3:43)
  • Location Interviews (10:59)
  • Colored Gels (9:01)
  • Supplemental Lighting (7:19)
  • Credits: The Power of Lighting for Film and Video: Lighting Backgrounds (0:28)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2005.
Publisher no.
  • 42129s Films Media Group
  • 42132 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (40 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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