HIGH KEY LIGHTING
High key lighting in films mainly involves the setting being really light . It is
an overall lighting design which uses the fill light and backlight to create low
contrast between brighter and darker areas. It can be used for both daylight and
night scenes. This type of lighting can be used in many different types of shots
and for various purposes. There are usually very few shadows in a scene shot
implementing high key lighting, especially on the principle characters or focus
of the scene. This is an example of high key lighting
used in a film. High key lighting is
always and especially found in romance
LOW KEY LIGHTING
Low key lighting is a technique used in films and television to create
mood or set the tone of the scene. Low key lighting are frequently used in
horror films to create suspense or to control how much of the
surrounding scene is revealed. This type of lighting employs very little fill
light, creating contrast between the brightness and darkest parts of a
scene creating strong shadows that obscure parts of the principals
subject. This is an example of low key lighting,
where you can strongly see the shadows
and the dark areas which indicate that this
scene has used low key lighting.
The obvious purpose of costuming is to dress the actor or actress according
to his or hers character. Costuming in films may often emphasise the films
theme. For example in an action film will soldiers, the soldiers would be wearing
army costumes. This is done to show the audience that they are watching an
army/action film. Costumes can also immediately tell the. audience whether the
film is set in the present and what society or culture it will centre around.
SETTING AND PROPS
The settings and the location plan are important part in films because it
informs time and place apart from costume . Setting creates both a sense
of place and a mood and it may also reflect a character’s emotional state of
mind. The overall design of a setting can significantly shape how we
understand the story. In manipulating a shots setting, the director may
create props. Props may be functional or could become a motif which
could have another meaning assigned to it.
This is an example of Pirates of the Caribbean, as you
can see in the background there are many props like
the skeletons in the background.
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND
Facial expressions provide a clear indicator of how something is feeling,
usually this can come through a close up. For example if someone is
smiling broadly, we will assume they are happy but we may get a different
feeling is the scene is accompanied by scary music. Body language may
indicate also how a character feels towards another character or it could
may reflect the state of their relationship.
These are close ups of these
actresses faces, showing
their facial expressions.
Colour carries certain connotations which may reflect meaning to a
scene for example black which is a dark colour and could reflect danger.
Colour can also give a scene a particular look, feel or mood and colour can
also be used for dramatic effect. Colour is one of the most important
things in scenes because it can make it look completely different. The
colour can be symbolic or suggestive. The colour differences can be used to
suggest brightness or many different things.
EXPRESSIVE SKILLS AND
Styles in films refer to a manner in which the scene is performed.
At the heart of a film actors have to make sure that their acting is
believable. If performing in the style of realism, then you’re the actors
level of acting must be at a certain point to begin with. It is slightly
exaggerated because if you spoke at exactly the same volume as you
would in a particular situation in everyday life, then the audience may
not hear you.