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1 Behavior of Light

2 Types of Light General In-directGeneral In-direct Skylight of an overcast skySkylight of an overcast sky Natural DiffusionNatural Diffusion Reflected LightReflected Light Specific DirectionalSpecific Directional SunlightSunlight MoonlightMoonlight Artificial LightArtificial Light

3 How Light Behaves Inside Interior – Natural LightInterior – Natural Light Light appears to come from windows, doors, & other openings to the outside.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.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.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.As evening falls, exterior and interior light can cross-fade to lower angles and warmer tones of sunset. Shadows should lengthen.Shadows should lengthen. If a grey day: color shifts cooler and dimmer.If a grey day: color shifts cooler and dimmer.

4 How Light Behaves Inside Interior – Artificial LightInterior – Artificial Light Table lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers, etc.Table lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers, etc. Don’t ignore that light comes directly from the fixture itself.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 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.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 furnitureHiding small fixtures in furniture Using lower anglesUsing lower angles Using softer shaped light.Using softer shaped light.

5 How Light Behaves Inside Practical Sources can present problems but can also offer wonderful moments:Practical Sources can present problems but can also offer wonderful moments: Lantern fight in OthelloLantern fight in Othello Candelabra scene in The Glass MenagerieCandelabra scene in The Glass Menagerie Firelight in Playboy of the Western WorldFirelight in Playboy of the Western World MoonlightMoonlight Like Sunlight but cooler in qualityLike Sunlight but cooler in quality

6 How Light Behaves Inside FirelightFirelight Can add sparkle and interest to a sceneCan add sparkle and interest to a scene Several light sources in “firepit” are better than one.Several light sources in “firepit” are better than one. Fire is actually amber and yellow not red.Fire is actually amber and yellow not red. Use broken color to filter light sourcesUse broken color to filter light sources Couple of neon flicker lights add a nice affect.Couple of neon flicker lights add a nice affect. Mechanical devices are availableMechanical devices are available Silk fire is amazing when far enough from audience.Silk fire is amazing when far enough from audience.

7 How Light Behaves Outside Exterior- DayExterior- Day Sunlight is very difficult to realistically portray on stage.Sunlight is very difficult to realistically portray on stage. Early morning or late afternoon light is more dramatic (on stage or in film).Early morning or late afternoon light is more dramatic (on stage or in film). Direct light difficult to manage for actorsDirect light difficult to manage for actors To create “time of day” it’s important to establish the “track of the sun”.To create “time of day” it’s important to establish the “track of the sun”.

8 How Light Behaves Outside Exterior – NightExterior – Night Should look realistically dark!Should look realistically dark! Compromise between realism and theatrical or cinematic needs.Compromise between realism and theatrical or cinematic needs. Artificial light sourcesArtificial light sources Street Lamp, Campfire, Torches, Flashlights, etc.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.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 lightMoonlight again is parallel light Moonlight can be broken up by gobos (patterns of trees or tree leaves).Moonlight can be broken up by gobos (patterns of trees or tree leaves).

9 How Light Behaves Pay attention to the dramatic moments of light during the day.Pay attention to the dramatic moments of light during the day. Early morningEarly morning Mid-DayMid-Day DuskDusk TwilightTwilight How does the light change the mood of the moment both interior and exterior?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)?How can you recreate that for the viewer (either on stage or within the frame)?


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