Lighting

Lighting the Narrative: A Conversation with David Moxness, ASC, CSC

STUDENTFILMMAKERS: How does a project’s genre influence your approach to lighting? You never seem to stay in one category, constantly moving from fantasy to action to drama to recreating world events. David Moxness, ASC, CSC: Regardless of genre, story comes first. My approach and goal is to complement and tell …

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“Connecting the Dots” By Hiro Narita, ASC

Connecting the Dots Crew engagement and collaboration. By Hiro Narita, ASC More often than not, filmmakers have their beginning in diverse disciplines – from writing, acting, music, architecture – the list is abundant. Having started in graphic design and illustration, storytelling with moving images ultimately became my aspiration. Through unlikely …

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A Conversation with John Simmons, ASC

Shed Some Light Exclusive Interview with John Simmons, ASC StudentFilmmakers Magazine: You were nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2020) for the “Family Reunion” episode, “Remember Black Elvis?” Can you please talk with us about the episode traversing through time? John Simmons, ASC: “Family Reunion” is very conscious …

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Quasar Science Advanced Studio Lighting Instruments: The RR100 and RR50

The RR100 and RR50 Linear LED Lights are elegant, compact and filled with new features. This sleek design advances Quasar’s tubular form factor by doubling the width but retaining the low profile shape that gets the RR into all the same tight spaces as legacy Quasar lights. Affectionately dubbed the …

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LED Lighting Insights by Alan Steinheimer

Exclusive Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are your thoughts on the LED lighting movement? Alan Steinheimer: In the beginning LEDs for filmmaking were subpar, typically with a green tint. In my mind the ARRI SkyPanel was the big breakthrough; a whole line of LED lights with …

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Exclusive Interview with Peter Levy, ASC: Insights into Cinematography and Advice for Students

Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis   StudentFilmmakers Magazine: How did you get your start in filmmaking? Did you go to film school? Peter Levy, ASC: I dropped out of high school at 17, and I tried to make a buck out of being a photographer. By the time I …

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How to Create a Budget Lighting Rig: Massive Spread and Enough Power to Boot

By Gabriel Garcia Rosa My friend Danny Mirabal shared with me this affordable lightweight lighting kit for $198 that we use once in a while when we don’t want to carry heavy equipment. I just wanted to share this affordable kit that can be used in any shoot, particularly in …

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