April 15, 2017
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Watch: You Can Light a Movie with a Single Lightbulb

Even the most modest of means can produce the most dramatic of shadows.

You don't have to shell out a ton of money to give your film the expensive look it deserves. In the words of Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC (True Lies, Titanic), "Literally the most modest of means can provide very dramatic effects."

True to this sentiment, Carpenter demonstrates how, by simply attaching a household light bulb to a stand, a cinematographer can gain complete control over how light falls upon the subject.

Of course, this DIY tidbit would mostly benefit those that are attempting to shoot with hard light, but Carpenter also suggests taking tinfoil to modify the path of your light source if you're looking for a different vibe.      

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Relates back to a lighting comment I just made about expensive lighting and chroma key.... keep it simple.... necessity is the mother of invention ... this is a perfect example.

April 15, 2017 at 11:24AM

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What I forgot to mention, you can put the china ball back on that fixture and with the dimmer have nice soft beauty lighting !!

April 15, 2017 at 2:42PM

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How much Xanax did they give to that model?...

April 15, 2017 at 11:34PM

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Vidrazor
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"You Can Light a Movie with a Single Lightbulb"
If your movie is entirely close-ups.

April 16, 2017 at 7:13PM

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Sandy Chase
Producer/DP/Editor
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like the 95% of "indie short film" right now

April 19, 2017 at 1:18PM

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Gregorio Nocco
Filmaker / Screenwriter
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That was really inspiring video.
Thank you.

April 17, 2017 at 4:42AM

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Sameir Ali
Director of Photography
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I count three lights... But I get the picture (zing).

April 23, 2017 at 11:03AM

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