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Lighting Interview Against WindowWhen I first started learning about lighting various scenes, almost every book I read advised not to shoot your subject in front of a window (unless you want to create a silhouette, of course.) That’s good advice for beginners or people who don’t have access to sufficient equipment, but — what if you want to use a window as a backdrop? A tutorial by NextWaveDV shows us how to get an even exposure by using a butterfly frame as a soft key light. Hit the jump for the video. More »

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Enhancing Interview LightingIf you’re looking to give your interviews a little bit more aesthetic energy, there are a bunch of things you could try. Backgrounds, lighting, props, and varying perspectives help with setting your Q&As apart from the common “guy in a chair next to a fern” canon, but if you’re looking to really enhance aesthetics, check out this lighting tutorial from NextWaveDV. Learn to employ the parallax effect to add depth to your shots, and take your interviews to the next level. More »

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It’s typical to see Q&As or ‘In Conversation’ style pieces with major directors in which they discuss their influences or share insights into their filmmaking processes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as hungry as anyone for these glimpses into their creative black boxes, but I’m not sure just how applicable their production methods are to the work of the vast majority of filmmakers. There’s a reason books such as Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without a Crew (which featured in our Film School on a Bookshelf) is a much loved tome amongst new directors, and that’s because it applies to those fledgling days of filmmaking, where resources are cobbled together and directorial voices are still being discovered. All this is why I believe that interviews such as Fidgit Box’s recent piece with The Mill Commercials Director William McGregor should be considered mandatory viewing for all filmmakers still in the salad days of their careers. More »

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So you’re getting ready to interview that expert for your short documentary, and you want to review your interview lighting technique.  Or maybe you’re just looking for an introduction to lighting in general — where do you look?  Check out these two interview lighting tutorials — not only are they a great review of the basics, but they each do a great job of illustrating just how every light can help shape the subject and tone of  your footage: More »