Lighting strategies The use of light to create effect in films.
Daylight – the use of daylight has many advantages it can create effect in a film, it can be a form of pathetic fallacy as reflects the mood or can that something bad is going to happen. For example : Sunshine connotes happiness, calmness and the beauty in life. The sun is usually associated with children’s and comedy films because of the joy in the films. Although the sunshine is also used in thriller and horror films in building a picture perfect equilibrium which makes it more hard-hitting when something goes wrong halfway through the film. Rain can represent the fruitfulness of life and romance but can also contrast characters who are isolated and give a depressing vibe to a film scene. Fog and mist is usually associated with horror movies, giving a ‘who's going to pop up feel’ and general confusion in the a scene by not showing clearly what’s happening. Storms naturally show that something bad is coming and give a on the edge feel to a film. this type of lighting is usually associated with Disaster thriller films.
Nightlight – filming at night gives a great feel to a movie, especially as thrillers have a demented and suspenseful vibe throughout the film even in happy scenes. There are certain associations with the night time that cant be done during the day. Generally the night gives a more mature and hopeless feel due to the darkness, this creates a great setting for emitting thrill in movie. But the problem with filming at night is that there needs to be enough lighting so that the characters can still be seen in the film. If a seen is lit too brightly it looses the effect of the nigh time. the use of lamp posts and moon to give lighting sometimes isn't enough so filming at night can be difficult for us as we don't have the budget or equipment that would make it effective to film at night.
Artificial lighting – Because the cameras we are supplied are generic home video cameras, its harder to give a professional feel to a film even though during the editing process we can polish up the lighting a little. Artificial lighting from past experiences has made a massive difference in the films I have made. It just adds more of a professional touch to the scenes shot and illuminate the scene, giving a more surreal feel to audiences as they watch. We can also make artificial lights a part of the mise-en-scen, for example using candles to as a source lighting. Lamps behind the camera give shadow and creates extra lighting, this can be used in our film in a shot inside a house to make it more suspenseful.