Lighting Seminar 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
304ELIS3 exam 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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concepts, strategy, planning of lighting. lighting ratios. 3point lighting. balancing exterior/ interior.


visual style and look. visual storytelling. visual dramaturgy.

practical exposimetry, use of light meters. light plans and floor plans

cinematographic grammar and language. aspect ratio and lenses. movement of camera vs movement inside frame…

preparation of exercise “anticorro”

practical exercises:

•“shots in studio 1”: tonality tests and basic studio lighting - 35mm b/w film in studio

•“shots in studio 2”: studio lighting - 35mm b/w film in studio

Learning outcomes

being a key seminar of the second year’s master program, this course is an essential part of the cinematography student’s formation.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Successful completion of the “lighting seminar 2”

advanced experience as cinematographers, ability to handle essential filmmaking tasks

digital still camera with all functions manually

lightmeter: spotmeter and luxmeter


american cinematographer’s manual

Sven Nykvist, “Reverence for the light” 1997

D. Schaefer and L. Salvato, “Masters of light” 1984

F. Truffaut, “le cinema selon Hitchcock” 1966

K. Malkiewicz, “film lighting” 1986

D. Samuelson, “motion picture, camera and lighting equipment” 1980

Evaluation methods and criteria

Active participation in the workshop, presence, punctuality, quality of practical exercises are prerequisites for granting the evaluation.



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans