260MC Task 1

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This weeks task was to experiment with lighting, we had been given this task because at the end of the module we are expected to create a short film which includes both natural and staged lighting, so we have been looking into how light affects the face, and how angles can also do the same. When looking at the most inspirational films, and taking what I have learnt from the screening of ‘ The passion of Joan of arc’ is how to frame the face. When I was first given this task I was confused on the meaning of it. But I learnt that by changing the position of the camera in the slightest changes the whole meaning of what you are shooting. Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. ‘Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift’ (Tom Stoppard). For the task we had to make a video showing what we done within this experiment, in mine I wanted to see how colour and positioning affected the way we look at the subject of the frame, so instead of using stills I changed the lighting and position of light all within 2 shots. When you think of popular films, the lighting that is used is deliberate. The way the lighting is set up and the way the film is framed isn’t by mistake.

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This is just one example of many. In the ‘Phantom of Menace’ the Villain of this film was Darth Maul, when you see this photo, you can automatically assume that this guy isn’t going to be the hero of the film. Why? Because of the way he stands and the way the hood blocks out the majority of light to his face. He’s purposely covering his face from the light, and light symbolises everything that is good. From happiness to hope. So When taking this into consideration, the colours you use and the way you position the lights play a huge factor in your film. Here is the final piece that I made.

https://vimeo.com/groups/cinecollective/videos/142180713

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