In this training series, nine of the worlds finest cinematographers share the wealth of their experience in a workshop setting as they guide you through a series of professional lighting problems both in studio and on location. This unique series sponsored by KODAK Worldwide Student Program is an invaluable guide to students and working cinematographers.
Kodak Cinematography: Lighting Dances With Wolves with Dean Semler:
Dean Semler (Road Warrior, City Slickers, Dead Calm) demonstrates the techniques that won him an Academy Award for the cinematography of "Dances With Wolves." Deancs background in documentary films is a major influence on his visuals. This workshop recreates the lighting of an interior fireside scene from "Wolves", using an exact replica of the teepee set. The workshop footage was shot anamorphical, using a Panavision camera and a crane. Dean discusses and demonstrates wide screen composition, the relationship between lighting design and coverage and the best use of high speed film stocks in low light situations.
Kodak Cinematography: Lighting Dead Poets Society With John Seale:
John Seale (Rainman, Gorillas in the Mist, Witness) conducts an intensive and inspirational lighting workshop in the studios of the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. The dormitory set from "Dead Poets Society" was painstakingly reconstructed for this workshop. Even more important than the technical knowledge it contains is the insight this program gives into Seale�s working philosophy. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS. Will guide you through the lighting setups for summer, for winter, for night and for day. Tricks and techniques to achieve extremely difficult effects while maximizing the number of takes each day. Even more important that the technical knowledge it contains is the insight this program gives into Seales working philosophy.
Kodak Cinematography: Location Lighting With Geoff Burton:
Location lighting, utilizing the equipment one truck can carry, is the most common task a young cinematographer will face. Geoff Burton (The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting, Wide Sargasso Sea) condenses his many years of location lighting experience in this highly practical and useful workshop. Geoffs approach emphasizes maximum use of natural lighting resources ( daylight and practical ) and imitating these sources with the light he adds. Geoff shows how to work with the limitations of locations space and design ( in this case three rooms of a cramped apartment ) rather than against them. He demonstrates how fast stocks and fast work can be critical to success.
Kodak Cinematography: Shooting For Black & White With Allen Daviau & Denis Lenoir:
Allen Daviau ( The Falcon and The Snowman, Avalon, Bugsy, Twilight Zone, The Color Purple ) takes students back to the golden age of cinematography - the 1920s. He painstakingly recreates the shooting style by employing the filtration, vignetting, aspect ratios and shot coverage of the period. In doing so he evokes the spirit and dynamic of the B&W silent screen masterpieces. Denis Lenoir ( Monsieur Hire, Daddy Nostalgie / These Fooling Things, Paris Awakes Shuttlecock ) creates an intriguing comparison to the work of Daviau by using modern cinematic techniques featuring a moving camera. He shoots with both color and B&W stock to make the comparison complete.
Kodak Cinematography: Shooting For Drama With Robby Muller & Peter James:
Robby Mullers credits include Repo Man, Paris Texas, To Live and Die in L.A., Peter James Shot Alive!, Rich in Love and Driving Miss Daisy. Both were given the same script and set constraints. The beautiful images they created reflect their different backgrounds and philosophies on the art the business of filmmaking. Muller creates a moody and impressionistic feel that is characteristic of his approach. James on the other hand neatly sidesteps the problems caused by cyc too close to the set and creates a wider view of the windswept dusty cafe. Both men prove to be generous teachers, sharing many creative and technical insights that come from years behind the camera. The video culminates with a split screen comparisons of each cinematographers finished piece.
Kodak Cinematography: Shooting For Fantasy With Sacha Vierney & Denis Lenoir:
French cinematographer Denis Lenoir ( Monsieur Hire, Paris Awakes, Shuttlecock Zone ) and Sacha Vierny ( Hiroshima Mon, Amour, Prosperos Books, Stavisky ) explorethe world of cinematic fantasy and magic. Vierny generously shares one of his special secrets, shoeing how to create a magical beam of light without the usual need for a smoked filled room. The effect is electric. Lenoir takes you through each step of his lighting design and also gives invaluable information about the use of fluorescent lights. This program explores the techniques that make magic on the screen, but more importantly the cinematographers creative thought process behind the magic.
Kodak Cinematography: Shooting For Realism With Allen Daviau & Sacha Vierny:
Allan Daviau ( E.T., The Color Purple, Empire Of The Sun ) and Sacha Vierny ( Hiroshima mon Amour; The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Prosperos Books ) are given the same script and set. Daviau creates a series of intricate setups, clearly explaining each problem he encounters and the solutions he finds by using filters, lights and F-stops changes. Vierny experiments with a simple and elegant camera move that encompasses much of the action but presents him with a new challenge: hiding the dolly track. Computer graphics of the lighting setups as well as side-by-side comparisons of the finished scenes help you to better understand the techniques and appreciate the results.
Kodak Cinematography: Studio Lighting A Comparative Workshop with Dennis McAlphine and Denis Lenoir:
Two internationally renowned cinematographers light the same shots from the same dramatic script in this back-to-back workshop. Don McAlpine ( Patriot Games, Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career ) and Denis Lenoir ( Monsieur Hire, Clear and Present Danger and Mrs. Doubtfire ) vividly demonstrate how differences in creative style and approach affect the impact and tone of the scene. This program is packed with technical information, demonstrations & insights into the role of the cinematographer.