Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - part 1

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For the past 3 years I have organized cinematography workshops & master classes at the Gothenburg Film Studios during their annual Gokinema event.

The Danish cinematographer Eric Kress led the first of these workshops, demonstrating the lighting of matched close-ups.

This is the first of several posts about Eric's workshop

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Eric Kress

Eric Kress, DFF, is a leading European cinematographer whose credits include:

The Kingdom

Flickering lights

Arn the Knight Templar

Monica Z

and my personal favorite, the original 2009 version of

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Eric has also shot some Danish television episodes, notably for the wonderful series Borgen, about a woman Prime Minister.

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the Gokinema workshop

During the workshop Eric demonstrated simple variations of lighting close-ups of a man and a woman near a window. When we designed the session, Eric and I chose the theme of dual close-ups because lighting matching close ups is something that every cinematographer has to do often.

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stills

In part 1 of the workshop video, Eric introduces the workshop and then demonstrates 3 lighting variations around a window on the sound stage set:

1. one exterior soft source

2. adding an exterior poly bounce as a background light

3. adding an interior fill

These set-ups are illustrated in the slide show below

(you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the slide show)

  • 4K bounce key light from above
  • 4K Alpha bounced key light
  • Alexa with soft key light
  • adding poly  bounce light for background
  • adding 800W Joker background light on left
  • Alexa with background light
  • adding Kinoflo fill light
  • adding Kinoflo fill light with gel & net
  • Alexa with fill light

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the video

During the workshop Eric was wonderful about sharing every step of his creative process.

Watch on YouTube

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workshop & video credits

cinematographer - Eric Kress

moderator - Benjamin B

cast

Matilda Jelse

Pontus Tornqvist Loven

crew

gaffer - Luisa Fanciullacci

1st AC - Filip Lyman

set designer - Kristina Sandfors

on-set DIT/editor - Jonas Andersson

producers - Benjamin B & Michael Petersen

Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios

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with the support of

Marc Galerne - K5600 Lighting Europe

Jacques Delacoux - Transvideo

Anders Johannsson - Media Teknik

video cameramen - Abdul Danesh, Michael Petersen, Nokokure Zaire

video editor - Barbaros Gokdemir

video by Benjamin B

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LINKS

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 2

Eric Kress website

imdb: Eric Kress

wikipedia: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 by Niels Arden Oplev)

YouTube: trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

wikipedia: Borgen TV series

Gokinema - yearly event with workshops, seminars, trade show

Gothenburg Film Studios

K5600 Lighting

Transvideo

Barbaros Gokdemir on vimeo

imdb: Barbaros Gokdemir

Robert Hardy's insightful comments about the Part 1 video on the nofilmschool site.

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Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 2

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 3

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 4

see part 3 or 4 for links to download the original footage

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