What’s new for me to read? (22.09.2014~3.10.2014)

As the article reading selection from Drama folder, I want describe one point from ‘lighting the shot’ and another point from ‘Writing_Kathryn_Millard’.

1. For reading ‘lighting the shot’, “The basic lighting set-up consists of a key light, fill light and back light.”


The key light is the primary source and sometimes the first light. It is “direction” and can make different shadows by different angles. The surface texture can be need to set different age of character or any other needs to be accentuated. “A popular notion suggests that the key light’s ideal position is 45 degrees up, and 45 degrees off the camera axis.” Thus, the light can frame an accentuation as other shadows around.

The fill light should be unobtrusive and non-directional. One of it’s jobs may be to illuminate the shadows under the character’s brow, so it is sometimes placed on the side away from the key light or like the basher useful for filling in eye shadows.

Back lighting emphasizes its depth and shape and is moved behind the subject and throws the subject into shadow.

As the information above, I learnt how to set basically three kinds of light on a shooting stage. I should pay attention to the subject which I should accentuate then use shadows to serve as a foil for the subject.

2. This point is about writing form “Writing for the screen: Beyond the Gospel Story”. I realize the relationship between writing and image. Writing can be imagined and then, the image will help get more inspiration. “This process was not only designed to generate new images and possibilities for scenes, but to keep the project imaginatively alive”. Thus, the cycle between image and writing continues, the writer will have more and more materials and inspiration. The initial collage of images and fragments of text can became the document (Kathryn 1994, p.4).

In addition, the production apparatus which you will develop with is the important thing. Collecting images can help stimulate inspiration. I’m keeping doing this with this media subject and find it is useful indeed. I will use this manner to creative more writing or editing from collect images. Thinking can not be alone by my brain itself, I should describe image or go out find some image to get ideas. Watching more views/ photograpy/ images and so on can help broadening our horizons. Good ideas can come from viewing experience with images.


Bernstein, S 1994, Film production: lighting, Oxford: Focal Press, (p.211-221), RMIT Ebook, viewed 2 October 2014.

Kathryn, M 1997, Writing for the screen: Beyond the Gospel Story, RMIT Ebook, viewed 3 October 2014.


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