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Overview

Through a hands on approach which is augmented by insightful diagrams, tables, charts and photographs, the author illustrates the power of light as one of the most important elements of filmmaking. Whether the reader is a professional, or student, a gaffer, grip or cameraman, this book will be a useful reference.

Motion Picture and Video Lighting explores the technical, aesthetic and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. Written by a professional in the field, this comprehensive book reveals inside information based on years of experience and thoroughly explores the challenges faced by cinematographers, lighting directors, gaffers and grips.

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A comprehensive treatment of the technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. Topics range from a basic discussion of physical light and perception and detailed coverage of equipment to color theory and practice and lighting for video, Ultimatte, and special effects. Detailed diagrams and b&w photography, with four pages in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"A remarkable achievement. This is a brilliant combination of technical information and inventive ideas as well as an enriching chronicle of the evolution of lighting; The knowledge you need to excel in a fast advancing, creative world mentored by one of our industry's true experts." -Armand Gazarian, Director of Photography - IATSE Local 600

"A great upgrade to the best lighting book on the market. Blain has expanded his earlier edition to include the latest lighting equipment as well as present video possibilities and concerns." - Rick Wise, Director of Photography / Lighting Instructor at the graduate division of the San Francisco Academy of Art University

"From 'Light and Shadow—Good and Evil' to the seemingly simple key concept about HD: 'Do not overexpose,' this book embraces our history and educates us about our future. Once again Blain Brown informs the professional as well as the student in the second edition of his glorious book." -Judy Irola, ASC, Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography, and Head of Cinematography at USC School of Cinematic Arts

Praise for the previous edition...
"From the opening pages, I knew I was going to love this book. It is gourmet reading for the lighting connoisseur - a feast for those of us who love chiaroscuro, lightness, and dark. Author Blain Brown goes to great lengths to make this book as much about video as about film. Whenever he discusses a film technique, he makes sure to cover how it should apply to video as well." —Bill Miller, Video Systems magazine

"Written by a professional in the field, this comprehensive book reveals inside information based on years of experience and explores the challenges faced by cinematographers, lighting directors, gaffers and grips. Whether the reader is professional or a student, this book will be a useful reference." —Lighting and Sound International

"...book has made the biggest impact on my career of all the resources I used to get where I am. And while I have absorbed many, many books, tapes and met several of my heroes who have helped me, I credit your book with giving met he confidence to 'just do it' these last few years and reach this level. Furthermore, your book is the one book that I recommend to young, aspiring people who want to learn our craft..." —Dane Lawing, DP.

".Motion Picture and Video Lighting is accompanied by a terrific DVD that contains hours of lighting demos, interviews, on-set footage and visual illustrations of concepts introduced in the text. An appendix containing such useful information as international plug-and-socket types, tips for operating brute arcs and typical lighting orders for low- and big-budget films finishes off a volume that deserves to earn a place in every young cinematographer's library." -Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer Magazine

"This book is truly the most outstanding, practical, and highly useful guide to film and video lighting I have come across in many, many years." -James L. Moody, head of the technical theatre program for the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240802497
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Blain Brown was educated at C.W. Post College; M.I.T. and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He began in New York as a commercial still photographer before starting in the film business. After working as a gaffer, be became a cinematographer doing primarily commercials and music videos.After completing his first feature film, he moved to Los Angeles where he has been Director of Photography on 14 feature films as well as national commercials, promotional films, industrials, music videos and documentaries. He has worked in many states in the U.S. as well as Mexico, Canada, India, Italy, France, the Philippines and Jordan.His experience includes 35mm and 16mm projects, as well as 24P High Def, DigiBeta, BetaSP and DV. He has completed projects as a director, editor and screenwriter; with three screenplays produced. He has also taught courses in storytelling and visual communication. As a Director of Photography specializing in features and commercials, he is now based in Los Angeles.His books include A Sense of Place; Motion Picture and Video Lighting and The Filmmaker's Pocket Reference. His work can be seen at www.BlainBrown.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 A Brief History of Lighting 1
2 Physical Light and Perception 7
3 Exposure 13
4 Color 27
5 Lighting Sources 39
6 The Elements of Lighting 57
7 The Lighting Process 67
8 Basic Scene Lighting 88
9 The Team 103
10 Electricity 111
11 Lamps and Sockets 126
12 Basic Gripology 137
13 Video Lighting 154
14 Image Control 160
15 Technical Issues 169
Glossary 191
Bibliography 203
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

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    the best textbook on lighting I have seen

    wonderful pictures, excellent technical information, written in language you can understand, perfect for all levels from the beginner to the professional. i go back to this book again and again.

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