How to Create a Fire Effect on an Actor’s Face with Film Lights

woman holding candle using film lights to make flame

We’ve all seen it…an actor’s face lit by a dancing flame. The flame flickers a warm, soft glow. But is it really a flame doing the work? Not necessarily. As we mentioned in our Ultimate Guide to Film Lights, you can use candles or a fire as a practical light in a scene. More commonly, […]

What are the uses of different gels on lights?

behind the scenes from a movie with gels on film lights

Before knowing the different uses of gels, it’s probably good to know what a gel is. A color gel or color filter, also known as lighting gel or simply gel, is a transparent colored material that is used in theater, event production, photography, videography and cinematography to color light and for color correction. The three […]

The 25 Best Film Lighting Books for 2020

books on using film lights and cinematography

Reading books on film lighting and cinematography is an amazing way to learn the skills you need for lighting your next film project. Nothing beats actually doing the work, but learning from the masters will give you a solid foundation. Reading and learning from a book, then going and trying to do what you just […]