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    Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any good?

    I was looking at these 2 DVD's on B&H called "Lighting for Emerging Filmography" Volumes 1 & 2 by Foster Denker / Birns & Sawyer and was wondering if anyone knows anything about them? Are they a good source of reference and worth the money or not worth looking into?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...529&is=REG

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...530&is=REG

    Ray ???
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    I did find a review by Ken tanaka on dvinfo

    http://www.dvinfo.net/articles/lighting/tanaka1.php

    Summary

    Birns & Sawyer's "Lighting for Emerging Filmmakers" would be a worthwhile investment for nearly any amateur filmmaker who has not had the advantage of direct exposure to professional lighting techniques. Like the old saw, "A picture is worth 1,000 words.", watching a master lighting technician do his magic and listening to him discuss what he is doing are probably worth 1,000 books. You will not become an instant master of lighting after watching these DVD's. But it is very likely that you -will- have a much better understanding of the thought processes involved in lighting a scene. At the very least you will most assuredly have an answer to that nasty question, "Now what?".

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      Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

      I have the videos, and I think the assessment from above is a fair comment. I like them tremendously, but actually found the DV Enlightenment video (from DVCreators.com) and even the (eegads) elite video a bit more practical for the low budget beginner.

      The Barnes & Sawyer videos shows a real professional in action in a presentation he did on lighting for a room of students, he sets up a scene with a model and demonstrates several basic principals. It was nice to watch.

      However, I don't think the target audience was really the one or two man production company that needs to setup several DIY lights, etc. If you are starting out, and need to know the basics, and more information directly applying to your small scale projects, then I think you might get more practical tips from the other products.
      Mike King - Sherwood, Oregon
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        #4
        Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

        Thanks Mickeloaf:

        I will take a look at the other two products as well!  You hit it right on the spot when you referred to the needs of the one or two man crew and small scale projects.

        DV Enlightment

        http://www.dvcreators.net/products/d...ghtenment.html
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          Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

          I found a good review by Ken Stone of the DV Enlightenment DVD here

          http://www.lafcpug.org/reviews/revie...ghtenment.html

          Conclusion

          Over the years I have worked with a number of tutorials from DVcreators.net and have always felt that the production values of their products are excellent, this DV Enlightenment tutorial is true to form. I found this tutorial to be exceptional. It explains and demonstrates the different components of lighting and does so in a clear and interesting manner, it makes professional lighting seem intuitive (which it really is once you have understanding). There are reasons that this tutorial works so well. It is thorough and covers the basics of four point light, who's understanding is fundamental to producing professional lighting. It demonstrates that you can produce professional light 'on the cheap', with just a few basic lights and inexpensive accessories. It teaches you how to use creative lighting that will help add visual mood and ambience to your work, which will help you tell your story. It does all this on screen, you actually see the crew setting up lighting for different situations; indoors, outdoors, mixed light and green screening. You see how light is controlled and shaped for use, testing and controlling exposure using the zebra stripes in your camera, work with different color temperature light, the positioning of lights for effect and even the aesthetics of light and the uses for spectral (point source) and soft light. This DV Enlightenment tutorial from DVcreators.net is one of the best I have ever seen.

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            That about sums it up. ;) Of course, the Barnes & Noble video really shows you how the big boys do it, and you are let with a new sense of awe and admiration. It's also worth a viewing, if you have the extra cash, as that is where some of us would like to end up with our skills.. 8)
            Mike King - Sherwood, Oregon
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              #7
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              [quote author=mickeloaf link=board=lighting;num=1104267366;start=0#5 date=12/28/04 at 22:26:22]That about sums it up.    ;)  Of course, the Barnes & Noble video really shows you how the big boys do it, and you are let with a new sense of awe and admiration.  It's also worth a viewing, if you have the extra cash, as that is where some of us would like to end up with our skills..  8)[/quote]

              Did you mean Birns & Sawyer or is there another DVD you were reffering to on barnes & Noble?

              I just ordered DV Enlightenment

              Thanks ;D
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                #8
                Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

                hehe, i've been sipping on too much egg nog while singing grandma got run over by a raindeer.... Barnes & Sawyer, thanks for the correction...
                Mike King - Sherwood, Oregon
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                  #9
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                  I suggest all of you guys to check out the following link:

                  http://www.power-of-lighting.com/videos.html

                  I have the complete series of these 4 VHS Tapes and review them frecuently...
                  Extremely pro & well produced, with a very high quality... not recently (1993) but completely updated and comprehensive. Invaluable for pros & beginners! Lots of examples...
                  These are a successful education video series -basically a workshop on tape, of lighting theories and techniques for film and video production... by Bill Holshevnikoff, Lighting Director/Educator for almost 25 years.

                  I highly recommed the series... worth the money!

                  Henry 8)
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                    #10
                    Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

                    The Barns and Noble lighting DVD.

                    HAH!


                    Yellow #001

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                      #11
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                      You should all know by now... Listen to what I mean, not what i say ;D
                      Mike King - Sherwood, Oregon
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                        #12
                        Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

                        What are you, my wife?


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                          #13
                          Re: Lighting for Emerging Filmography DVD's, any g

                          EEEEEGADS :o
                          Mike King - Sherwood, Oregon
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