Cinematography Research- Lighting

Video courtesy of Ambrose Heron.

True Grit is a movie that I always have been fascinated by due to its amazing cinematography by Roger Deakins. The lighting, especially in the night scenes, gives a very dramatic feel to the movie. The main light sources at night is that of lamps once again. The warm glows it gives are used by Deakins to emphasis the vast landscape in which the movie is set.

Image courtesy of toddalcott.

Image courtesy of screenwritingfromiowa.

I really like the blue tones in this piece on the character and how they stand out against his face, illuminating his expression.


Lighting- Paradox World

Our groups and world have remained the same this week for the purpose of our essay for Design Discourse. I’m actually really happy because our team is awesome and have some great ideas at the minute!

So this week we are exploring lighting and camera angles for our world. I had a bit of a brain wave with this thing. Our world is a paradox- with a variety of history periods sandwiched together. However, most of these periods were when lighting came from natural lit sources such as fires and naked flames. I decided to draw up a list of these sources:

Neanderthals- fires/ sunlight and moonlight

Lighting would have been warm and have quick fall off due to limited lighting ability of fires.

Caveman around a fire- courtesy of Brainsyndicate.

Ancient China- Lanterns/ lamps

Chinese lanterns, from the Eastern Han Dynasty, would have provided the main source of light for China. These lanterns would be very colourful, red and yellow being the main colours, and sometimes would have shapes cut into them to provide silhouettes. The light from these lanterns would also be subdued, giving lovely speckled shadows of the shapes cut into them.

Chinese lanterns- image courtesy of greenbrideguide.

Chinese lantern festival in America- video courtesy of arnrmedia.

Medieval England- Chandeliers and Candle Sticks

Candles would have been the most heavily used light source in Medieval times, especially among the wealthy. They would have been cast from metals such of iron, lacking in any real beauty as practicality would have been favored. They would have also given out limited lighting due to the strength of the flickering candle flames. For these chandeliers I looked into the ones used for Game of Thrones as they fit the style of time period and are easier to have a look at, due to the influx of episodes.

Game of Thrones- images courtesy of HBO.

Ancient Rome- In both Rome and Greece lucerna lamps were used. These were vessels that contained either grease or olive oil and then were lit. The almost remind me of what a Genie lamp would look like.

Futuristic lighting- this is the only really dynamic light change in the world, For this, I imagine it luminous, with lots of neon, vibrant and colourful. I looked into the lighting in movies such as Tron and iRobot.

I,Robot video courtesy of Jose Ortiz.

Video Disney Movie Trailers.

Tron images courtesy of Disney and I,Robot courtesy of  20th Century Fox.