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Chapter 12. Working with Light > Re-lighting a Scene

Re-lighting a Scene

Hopefully there will not be too many cases in which your source footage was shot so incorrectly, in terms of fundamentals such as light direction, quality, or intensity that you're asked to do the seemingly impossible: to completely relight a scene. Particularly with exteriors, however, there are bound to be cases in which natural conditions didn't cooperate at the time of the shoot.

Even more likely, there will be cases in which the footage that was shot is adequate but lacks something. You could call it visual punch, artistic style, essential drama. With episodic television, your establishing shot can't tell the viewer much more than “downtown, daytime.” But feature films and other more ambitious stories demand that the shot do more than that; that it propel the drama and mood of the story forward, and it's not always possible to get what's needed with the camera alone.


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