Film School: 10 setups, 1 light

Potato Jet | 10ish Cinematic Lighting Setups... ONLY ONE LIGHT Potato Jet | 10ish Cinematic Lighting Setups... ONLY ONE LIGHT

A run-through of cinematic lighting techniques with limited resources.

Potato Jet, together with gaffer Eric Fickenwirth, run through a range of lighting setups (as well as terms which are helpful to know) that can be achieved with a single light and some commonly used accessories:

A few takeaways:

  • how to use a C-stand correctly – as Eric demonstrates, the weight should be falling in the same direction that the grip head tightens
  • bounce card – reflect or “bounce” light from a light source, to “fill in” shadows cast by that source
  • negative fill – the opposite of the previous point, where shadow cast is increased for a more dramatic or mysterious look:
Potato Jet | 10ish Cinematic Lighting Setups... ONLY ONE LIGHT
Potato Jet | 10ish Cinematic Lighting Setups… ONLY ONE LIGHT