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One of the best ways to enhance the impact of your video images is through the creative use of
lighting. Lighting can have a tremendous impact on how the viewer perceives your video. Through
creative lighting you can establish a mood or the time of day, enhance the illusion of three
dimensionality, reveal or obscure visual information, and create an artificial reality.

Have you ever noticed that your movies sometimes appear to have image issues? The dark areas of your
shot look like there are digital blocks? This is called "artifacting". This can be caused by a variety
of things including compression of your movie file or a lighting ratio that your camera cannot process.
Do not think that your shot is lit correctly because everything looks fine with your eyes.
Always try to view what the camera is processing. You can do this by looking through the viewfinder or
hooking up a field monitor and watching a live feed of your shot. Alright then, let's figure out how to
light your shot correctly using whatever you can find. 

Seeing lighting: A valuable skill that is important to develop-the ability to SEE how light and shadows
fall on objects and people around us, and in the scenes that we shoot. You have to make a concerted
effort to look past everything else and concentrate on the subtleties of color, shadow, and highlights,
which are created through lighting.
You can also make an impact by "lighting with shadows". Lighting is not necessarily the art of adding
light to a scene. As Tom LeTourneau so aptly put it in his book, Lighting Techniques For Video  
Production, lighting is "the art of Casting Shadows".

There are four basic elements to lighting: direction, quality, lighting ratio, and control. 
 Direction-
The direction of light is specifically related to the height and angle of the lighting source.
Height refers to where the light source is placed above ground level. Is it above, below, or even with
the subject? Angle refers to the slope of the light's beam. Together, height and angle determine where
the highlights and shadows fall on your subject.

 Quality-
The quality of light relates to the hardness or softness of the light striking the subject.

 Lighting Ratio-
Lighting ratio refers to the difference in brightness from the lightest area of a subject to the
darkest. This brightness difference is described by a numerical ratio that defines how many times
brighter the brightest area is compared to the darkest area. For example, a 2:1 lighting ratio means
that the brightest area of lighting on the subject is twice as bright as the darkest. Depending on the
sensitivity of the camera, video can accommodate up to about an 8:1 lighting ratio before the shadow
areas loose all detail. The more commonly used lighting ratios for video are 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1.
 Control-
Control refers to the methods we use to shape and color the light emitted from our light sources.
Part of the beam of a light could be blocked in order to create a shadow in a specific area of the
subject. Frequent use of shadow placement can heighten the drama. Another method of controlling light
is to place translucent material in front of the light, which alters the light's beam or color.

*A little bonus -  
Make your own effective "light ring" for $10: HERE
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Let's get down to business.

First off, welcome to the website! We hope you find this project appealing and join the cause. We are 
going to build a large online community. It's very important that people stay in contact and pass this 
around to anyone that has an interest in entertaining with film. All aspects of film making will be 
represented. Everyone will be given a chance to give tips and hints, showcase their work and possibly 
find work through networking with other people in the community.

Since this website will be the main hub for everything posted, you will need a tour of sorts. 
Everything will be posted in the HOME tab up top.

 
This website enables creators to choose different categories for each post, so we will use those to help
sort out the information. These will include: Informative Books, Project Outlines, Vlogs and Tips.

Since we will be providing actual school projects for you to try out on your own time, they will be 
posted under the Project Outline category. Hopefully these will give you content ideas and help you 
build or enhance your demo reel. 

The Vlogs will be a video diary of our attempts at making these school projects and other projects that
our production company will be attached to. Hopefully you will be able to learn from any mistakes we 
make.

Reading is an important part of film making. When we come across a book with great content that you can use
to make better films, we will share it under the Informative Books category. 

The Tips category will be used for any direct tutorials or lessons. We have connected with many 
established online programs that produce "how-to" tips and will post their videos up every once in a 
while in addition to our own. 

Some people have been asking how they can share their work/projects with the community. Our answer to 
that is the SHARE YOUR SCHOOL PROJECTS tab. It will have a little bit of a guideline that you can 
follow, but feel free to add any additional information you may find helpful to other "students". You 
can also post any project descriptions that have not been mentioned on this site that you enjoy and 
would like others to try out.

 
We're going to keep this fresh and fun. We'll introduce you to different things. We hope you visit us
every week. Share it with your friends. The bigger the community the better the experience will be for
everyone involved. Interact with comments and video responses. Vote on the polls! This whole project is
meant to help everyone learn and replicate an environment where you can be surrounded by others that
have similar interests. 

Thanks for checking us out! 
*We had been debating on whether or not to make this a Vlog or a Blog. Since nobody needs to see Matt's
face in order to learn something, we chose this. Do you feel it's important to have a "host" guide you
along? It's up to you really. Vote on the poll below to make the decision. 


Welcome!

The main goal of this project will be to show fellow hobbyists, students, newcomers and the general public that it is possible to follow your dreams and become a filmmaker. It doesn’t come down to where you live, what school you’ve gone to or how much money you have lying around. It’s about getting out there with a camera (could be yours, or borrowed) and making some magic.

Inspired by Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith, we shall start our own company and educate ourselves by making short digital films and projects.

To add some challenges and deadlines to the project, we will be researching different film school curriculums and will try to complete our own version of their assigned projects without the aid of professors, text books and school studios. We will choose our own reading material that is always available to the public at local bookstores or free online. These projects will be posted online and shown to the general public. Feedback will be noted and some of the projects will be adjusted and re-released in hopes of learning valuable lessons and properly executing what was originally intended. We will be keeping VLOGs as much as possible and blogging on this website to keep everyone up-to-date.

Hopefully by our “graduation” of one or more programs we can land a directing gig without the aid of school-networking or film festivals. If all else fails, we will have made a great demo-reel in the meantime. This project is not meant to belittle any existing school programs or anyone working for/in them. It is an experiment to see if it is possible to become a filmmaking master using public resources, the internet and goodwill.

If you have any aspirations of working in the film industry or if you’d like to see how it all works, follow us on this adventure. Let’s figure it out together.

*Check out the “YOUR school projects” tab and tell me about your school experience.
VOTE on the poll below to help decide how I will personalize these projects!