Film School: Shaping Motivated Light

Gobo lighting (image via Wikipedia) Gobo lighting (image via Wikipedia)

Get creative by using gobos for more theatrical lighting.

Fellow Filmmaker uses her product review video to give a crash course in gobo lighting – that is, using a spotlight and a cutout to create interesting, motivated, or decorative light and shadow effects in your scene:

Rob Ellis explores some more narrative-specific possibilities with a single light modifier, The Projection Mount:

Further Viewing

The videos referenced in Fellow Filmmaker’s video are this intro to the range of spotlight modifiers from Armando Ferreira

… and another product review, which also doubles as an exploration of the characteristics of spotlights more generally, from Tommy Callaway:

You don’t need a spotlight to shape lighting – you can also use gobos while lighting with mirrors: