Thursday, 11 February 2010

Lighting examples

I think it is in the interest of the project to highlight the importance of lighting in this piece.

Since the start of the project I've been researching into different forms of lighting to create something that echoes that of film. We all want something that shows the environments true atmosphere, so hopefully by looking at the work in film, it can give us a good example of how to do this!

Blade Runner

Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth

When it comes to Blade Runner, I must admit I'm a bit of a fanboy. The film is in my eyes absolutely flawless, it is truly superb. Not only is the story brilliant, but also visually speaking it is breathtaking. The films cinematographer was Jordan Cronenweth, his visual representation of the world is in my eyes is some of the best there has been in film. The way he got his team to assemble the lighting was amazing, with its wonderful negative space, and blue colour grading it creates and sets a tone that goes well with the characters.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth

Like Blade Runner; 2001 is a true masterpiece. The film was planned to be photographed in 3-film-strip Cinerama (like How the West Was Won), but was changed to Super Panavision 70 (which uses a single-strip 65 mm negative) on the advice of special photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, due to distortion problems with the 3-strip system. The lighting is for the most part quite basic, or at least it looks basic from the point of view of the viewer. Once you investigate more it is very apparent that lighting is the key to the film, so this is why I will chose to research into the films lighting a little bit more.


Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Wall-E is a very good one to look at because it is a computer generated film to start off with, in being CG we can look at it in more depth. I feel Wall-E is also visually very similar to what we wish to achieve, but obviously Wall-E is on a far greater scale than what a few people with laptops can do. But in terms of the lighting it is simply gorgeous, the screen I've uploaded should demonstrate that.

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