Lighting for Single-Camera TV | 3 Cinematic Styles

Lighting for Single-Camera TV | 3 Cinematic Styles

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The foundation of a TV show is it’s dialogue scenes. The look of these shows and their dialogue scenes is dependent on a variety of factors, such as genre and shooting format. By learning a few different approaches to shooting TV dialogue scenes, you’ll be able to bring your cinematography skills to the next level. Director and cinematographer Valentina Vee shows us how to light 3 different types of dialogue scenes for single camera television or filmmaking.

In this video, Valentina talks about the importance of matching your lighting to the style and technical limitations of your show, based on genre and number of cameras. She also advises us to take the environment into account and designing your scene based on the existing light and practicals. Lastly, it’s important to know that you can adjust the lighting and perfect your lighting when you move in for close-ups, in order to enhance your scene’s cinematic depth.

When lighting for television dialogue scenes you’ll inevitably encounter a variety of scenarios that test your cinematic abilities. You can create a brightly lit, high key scene for a “network comedy” look, such as classic television shows like Friends, Scrubs, or Brooklyn 99. You can also take away a lot of light for a low-key, moody “premium drama” look, like an HBO television show. You can even simply enhance the existing environmental light, for a “natural light” look, like from Ozark or The OA.

By learning how to shoot cinematic dialogue scenes, whether by building the entire lighting design in a fully controlled set, or enhancing the natural lighting in a practical environment, you’ll be ready for any situation. These techniques don’t only apply to television, but also to any kind of cinematography. The skills learned from this episode will allow you to create cinematic depth in everything you shoot.

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