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Behavior of Light. Types of Light. General In-direct Skylight of an overcast sky Natural Diffusion Reflected Light Specific Directional Sunlight Moonlight Artificial Light. How Light Behaves Inside. Interior – Natural Light

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types of light
Types of Light
  • General In-direct
    • Skylight of an overcast sky
    • Natural Diffusion
    • Reflected Light
  • Specific Directional
    • Sunlight
    • Moonlight
    • Artificial Light
how light behaves inside
How Light Behaves Inside
  • Interior – Natural Light
    • Light appears to come from windows, doors, & other openings to the outside.
    • The surface of the ground outside of a window will reflect a pattern of light inside.
    • Attempt to be realistic –sunlight doesn’t come through windows on the opposite side of the room.
    • As evening falls, exterior and interior light can cross-fade to lower angles and warmer tones of sunset.
    • Shadows should lengthen.
    • If a grey day: color shifts cooler and dimmer.
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How Light Behaves Inside
  • Interior – Artificial Light
    • Table lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers, etc.
    • Don’t ignore that light comes directly from the fixture itself.
    • If a chandelier is the main source it is easy to support it with an overhead lighting scheme.
    • If a table lamp is the main source or lamps below head height, many problems exist in reinforcing the lamp source for live performances.
      • Hiding small fixtures in furniture
      • Using lower angles
      • Using softer shaped light.
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How Light Behaves Inside
  • Practical Sources can present problems but can also offer wonderful moments:
    • Lantern fight in Othello
    • Candelabra scene in The Glass Menagerie
    • Firelight in Playboy of the Western World
  • Moonlight
    • Like Sunlight but cooler in quality
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How Light Behaves Inside
  • Firelight
    • Can add sparkle and interest to a scene
    • Several light sources in “firepit” are better than one.
    • Fire is actually amber and yellow not red.
    • Use broken color to filter light sources
    • Couple of neon flicker lights add a nice affect.
    • Mechanical devices are available
    • Silk fire is amazing when far enough from audience.
how light behaves outside
How Light Behaves Outside
  • Exterior- Day
    • Sunlight is very difficult to realistically portray on stage.
    • Early morning or late afternoon light is more dramatic (on stage or in film).
    • Direct light difficult to manage for actors
    • To create “time of day” it’s important to establish the “track of the sun”.
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How Light Behaves Outside
  • Exterior – Night
    • Should look realistically dark!
    • Compromise between realism and theatrical or cinematic needs.
      • Artificial light sources
      • Street Lamp, Campfire, Torches, Flashlights, etc.
    • A few stars in the sky and hint of blue light for a stage presentation can make an evening sky look immense.
    • Moonlight again is parallel light
    • Moonlight can be broken up by gobos (patterns of trees or tree leaves).
how light behaves
How Light Behaves
  • Pay attention to the dramatic moments of light during the day.
    • Early morning
    • Mid-Day
    • Dusk
    • Twilight
  • How does the light change the mood of the moment both interior and exterior?
  • How can you recreate that for the viewer (either on stage or within the frame)?