LIGHT, CAMERA, SOUND. PART 1 - LIGHT

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A great script and excellent performances by the cast can be destroyed by poor technical quality. Those involved with the technical aspects of productions must be well-qualified technicians. Technicians must take pride in their jobs, by learning the necessary skills, re-learning and always updating their skills so that the technical quality of the productions is improved upon. In this week’s blog we take a close look at the need for good Lighting Design Which is a product of good lighting designers and technicians. Lights! Camera! Action! When it comes to the movies, do we really pay a lot of attention to the camera work, or take notice of the lighting? We go to the movies for the action, because that's the part that counts. Right? Wrong. The crews that help put movies together all contribute in important ways. The lighting designers/technicians are no different. Lighting designers/technicians create the lighting and effects for television, video and film productions. Wherever lighting needs to be dramatic, and highlight a person or scene in a movie, lighting designers/technicians have a hand in the project. Lighting plays a crucial role in the "look" and "feel" of films and theatrical productions. It creates a mood and sets the atmosphere for the audience. Lighting designers are responsible for setting the mood for each scene or environment. A mystery play requires spooky lighting. At outdoor locations, a lighting technician could set up for a scene and then all of a sudden, the sun will disappear behind the clouds! When and if this happens, the technician must act quickly and change the lighting to either brighten or dim a specific scene. They must capture the director's vision, rain or shine. Each production will require different lighting. The lighting designer meets with the director, or whoever is in charge of the project, and discusses the moods, emotions, and actions in each scene or event. The designer then develops a plan what will change the lights whenever the tone changes. Lighting designers often work as technicians, setting up and running the lights. This requires good technical knowledge, a comfort with heights, and a good sense of timing. Lighting technicians work behind the scenes of productions to create lighting and special lighting effects to enhance the visual impact of the show. They usually set up, maintain and operate light fixtures, control devices, and the associated electrical and rigging equipment used for television, motion picture, and theater and stage productions. Sometimes called gaffers, they use lighting fixtures, color filters, patterns, light modifiers and various methods of control and manipulation to create different lighting effects. Successful lighting designers/technicians need to be interested in theater, film, and television production, and the use and possibilities of dramatic, theatrical light. Lighting designers/technicians are safety-conscious, and of necessity have to work well and efficiently, even under pressure. Lighting designers should be creative and innovative in their designs, as well as practical, precise, and organized. They need excellent communication skills, and feel comfortable expressing themselves to directors as well as to large groups of technicians. Lighting designers/technicians should also be in good physical health as they are often required to move heavy equipment. They should have normal color vision and good hearing. Lighting designers/technicians must be comfortable with heights because much of the lighting is always set up at a considerable height. Lighting designers/technicians must be visually creative and have the ability to concentrate on the lighting during a production. and must be able to respond quickly to technical problems while observing safety precautions in any film or production. Lighting designers/technicians are innovative artists who share a love and understanding for the complexities of light. In the past, most lighting designers/technicians learned on the job, however aspiring lighting designers/technicians should start paying attention to the lighting in movies, plays, and television shows. Watch for lighting cues, pay attention to where the lights are focused, what colors they are, and how they move For formal training, one should consider a college diploma or a university degree in broadcast arts, engineering technology, fine arts, theater, or theatrical design. . In order to stay competitive lighting designers/technicians need to constantly update their knowledge and learn any new technologies that are being used in the film and theater industry.