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THE HISTORY OF LIGHTING

Lighting is to film what music is to opera.

- C.B. DeMille

Lighting creates the environment for storytelling and we must never forget that, at its heart, filmmaking is telling stories with pictures.

The first lighting for storytelling was fire. For some purposes, it is still nearly perfect. Firelight is warm and glowing, associated in the mind with safety, heat, and protection from nature. It draws people toward it; they automatically arrange themselves into a circle at a comfortable conversational distance. It flickers gently and provides a visual focus that prevents one’s attention from wandering. It starts out bright ...

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