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We're proud to announce the release of three new modules:  ANALYZING CHARACTER will give you the tools you need to effectively break down a character; ADR and WORKING WITH ACTORS IN ADR are the first of a new series we are producing on the audio post-production process.

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Lighting People


Lighting people is the staple of a cinematographer’s duties, and there are several ways to do so.  This module covers the foundation of good lighting - the three point lighting system.  Go onto the set as Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason J. Tomaric walks you through each step of effectively employing the three point lighting system to create the look you want.
Whereas most books and videos stop there, this module takes this technique one step further by teaching you how to adapt the three point lighting system for dramatic, dialogue-based projects.


  • 23:36 video that teaches you the basics of light the human face
  • Complete companion guide
  • Arri lighting handbook
  • Frequently asked lighting questions... with answers
For Instructors:
  • Basic Lighting Curriculum Guide
  • Exercise - Lighting the Face
  • Exercise - Lighting Against the Key


  • How to create dimensional lighting in a flat medium
  • The three point lighting system
  • How to set-up and properly position the key light
  • Various techniques for creating a fill light
  • Creating a rim/hair light
  • Variations of the three point lighting system
  • How to shoot both with and against the key light
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston