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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DAR 205 - Lighting for Film and Video

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 4 lab periods

Creative lighting techniques, practices, and use of equipment. Includes the visible spectrum, film and exposure, using electricity, video and the electronic medium, controlling color temperature, light quality, and measuring light intensity. Also includes manipulating light, light concepts in practice, and light in the studio and on location.

Prerequisite(s): DAR 125  or DAR 175 .
Information: This course will require additional expenses for supplies in addition to course and lab fees.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify creative and technical lighting concepts including 3-point lighting, motivation, controlling exposure, light quality, intensity, and color temperature. 
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use various lighting equipment and accessories, their proper set up, applications, history, and common (nick) names.
  3. Demonstrate safe set practices, electrical use and equipment load requirements for both studio and location lighting.

  1. The Visible Spectrum
    1. Spectrum
    2. White light
    3. Specular and diffused light
    4. Properties of light
  2. Film and Exposure
    1. How film works
    2. Negative and reversal films
    3. Exposure index
    4. Film speeds/latitudes
    5. Pushing film
    6. Flashing film
    7. Film storage
  3. Using Electricity
    1. Elements of electricity
    2. Electrical units
    3. Direct current
    4. Circuits
    5. Fuses and circuit breakers
    6. Resistance, voltage drop, and color temperature
    7. Cable and connectors
  4. Video and the Electronic Medium
    1. Video and film compared
    2. Video imaging
    3. Light levels required for video
    4. Contrast ratio
    5. The waveform monitor
  5. Controlling Color Temperature: Light Sources and Filters
    1. Color temperature: kelvin scale
    2. Daylight illumination
    3. Tungsten illumination
    4. Fluorescent illumination
    5. Carbon arc lamps
    6. Enclosed arc lamps
    7. Filters on light sources
  6. Controlling Light Quality: Lighting Equipment
    1. Light quality
    2. Controlling light quality
    3. Lighting fixture
    4. Lensed fixtures and design
    5. Sealed beam (PAR) lamps
    6. Open face fixtures
    7. Safety precautions
    8. Lighting accessories
  7. Measuring Light Intensity
    1. Photometry
    2. Incident light
    3. Reflected light
    4. Exposure meter
    5. Light meter design
    6. Care and feeding of light meters
  8. Manipulating Light: Direction and Balance
    1. Key light and key light placement
    2. Balance
    3. Separation light
    4. Background light
  9. Light Concepts in Practice
    1. Lighting style
    2. Basic lighting configurations
  10. Light in the Studio
    1. Production crew
    2. Studio
    3. Television vs. motion picture soundstage
    4. Day interiors
    5. Lighting designs
    6. Night interiors
    7. Night exteriors
  11. Lighting on Location
    1. Scouting and planning
    2. Day exteriors
    3. Night exteriors
    4. Pre-rigging
    5. Lighting in the real world

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2020/2021