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Creative Lighting Technique – Using Mason Jars To Convey Emotion

In this guest post, Canadian cinematographer Matt Bendo shares his experience using mason jars as light modifiers to enhance storytelling in his commercial work. I recently had the pleasure of creating a piece of branded content entitled Legacy for a boxing academy called Kombat Arts (check out the cinema5D Talent Feature describing this experience HERE). My goal was to create a character and story that encompassed all of the philosophies and work ethics that Kombat Arts tries to instil in their students, and where each room represented a visual embodiment of the emotions the character was feeling. After the release of the film, I received a lot of emails and messages asking how I achieved the lighting effects, which prompted me to want to share this with the filmmaking community. Creating the visual world in which Legacy takes place was an exciting experience. Luckily, I was given a large amount of creative control in this particular production, which allowed me to take risks and streamline the decision-making process to facilitate my vision. So, I decided to experiment. I have always been fascinated with the different ways to manipulate light in order to help tell stories and convey emotions to an audience. I am especially fond of hard lighting, and at first I thought of ways to create textured light patterns using cookies. Then, using my iPhone, I began experimenting by taking photos of my hand while backlighting it with a flashlight shooting through a small mason jar. Mason Jars as Lighting...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Thursday, 12 October

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