For the past three 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 four posts about Eric's workshop
ERIC KRESS, DFF, is a leading European cinematographer whose credits include:
Arn the Knight Templar
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.
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.
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 images below
During the workshop Eric was wonderful about sharing every step of his creative process.
Watch on YouTube
workshop & video credits
cinematographer - Eric Kress
moderator - Benjamin B
Pontus Tornqvist Loven
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
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
a video by Benjamin B
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
Barbaros Gokdemir on vimeo
imdb: Barbaros Gokdemir
Robert Hardy's insightful comments about the Part 1 video on the nofilmschool site.
The next post in the series is Part 2
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 1
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 2
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 3
thefilmbook: Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - Part 4
see part 3 or 4 for links to download the original footage