Emmy-winning cinematographer Jason Tomaric goes on set to block, light, and shoot 9 sample scenes, methodically walking you through every step of how to achieve professional cinematic results. Whereas previous FilmSkills lessons focus on the tools, this series applies that knowledge to practical, real-world settings. In this comprehensive series, you will learn a variety of skills and techniques.

  • How to choose the lens, plan the camera movement, and set the frame
  • How to identify exposure and color problems
  • How to gel windows to balance brightness of sunlight with production lights
  • How to effectively use white balance and color temperatures to achieve the desired color palette
  • How to shoot a night scene while producing a clean, solid image
  • How to use a waveform monitor and false color
  • How to use a light meter to determine contrast
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Interior Counter Top - Daytime

Learn how to address exposure issues when shooting on location with windows, how to gel windows, balance exposure, and create natural, motivated lighting. This lessons reveals professional techniques for achieving the perfect exposure on your subject's skin tones wile managing blinding sunlight outside.

Kitchen Table - Nighttime

Learn how to shoot dialogue scene between two people at night, on location. Covering both his and her shots, this tutorial guides you through the blocking, composition, and lighting decisions behind creating a cinematic night scene.

Interior Bathroom - Daytime

Shooting in a small, confined space like a bathroom creates a range of production challenges, which we systematically address in this engaging tutorial. From a simple bathroom to a dramatic shot, learn how to achieve the desired look on set.

Interior Bedroom - Daytime

Learn how to create a sculpted light in a bedroom interior during the day. In this lesson, learn how to balance exposure between the subject and outside sunlight, all while creating a cinematic look.

Living Room - Morning

In this on-location tutorial, learn how to create a morning light on a nighttime set. From working with haze and creating volumetric light, learn to block and light for a cinematic look.

Kitchen Table - Daytime

One of the most common scenes in a production is the interior dialogue scene. Learn how to address exposure issues when shooting on location with windows, how to gel windows, balance exposure, and create natural, motivated lighting.

Bedroom Dialogue - Nighttime

In this tutorial, you will learn to shoot a realistic night scene that achieves the desired emotional tone, all while producing a clean, noise-free image. Emmy-winning cinematographer teaches you professional techniques to shoot a dialogue scene between two people in bed, creating a natural and realistic cinematic look.

Living Room - Nighttime

In this lesson, you will learn how to light and shoot a scene with practical light fixtures at night, how to enhance the light so it is motivated, and how to bring the outside into the latitude of the camera which shooting nighttime interior scenes.

How to get these Lessons

These new lessons are included in the following FilmSkills courses

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