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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Set and Location Lighting

Creating the silhouette mentioned earlier called for more light on the set or location background and no light on the middle ground talent. This helps us illustrate that placing light on your set (on the walls, furnishings, floor, trees, etc.) or location is often just as important as lighting your talent’s face with a scene-appropriate ratio. Certainly you need to add light to your set for general exposure, but placing light on specific areas of the set or location can add to the ambience of the scene, change its tone or mood, and create that additional 3D effect into the deep space of the film set. Light in the middle ground and deep background helps separate those layers of distance discussed earlier. They can also ...

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