Motion Picture and Video Lighting
Focal Press – 2007 – 268 pages
Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition, is the indispensable guide to film and video lighting. Written by the author of the industry bible Cinematography, this book explores technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It will show you not only how to light, but why. Written by an experienced professional, this comprehensive book explores light and color theory, equipment, and techniques to make every scene look its best.
Now in full color, Motion Picture and Video Lighting is heavily illustrated with photos and diagrams throughout.
This new edition also includes the ultimate 'behind the scenes' DVD that takes you directly on a professional shoot and demonstrates technical procedures and equipment. In addition, 20 video clips include lighting demonstrations, technical tests, fundamentals of lighting demos, and short scenes illustrating different styles of lighting.
"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
A Brief History of Lighting; Physical Light and Perception; Exposure; Color; Lighting Sources; The Elements of Lighting; The Lighting Process; Basic Scene Lighting; The Team; Electricity; Lamps and Sockets; Basic Gripology; Video Lighting; Image Control; Technical Issues.
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.