Eric Kress Lighting Workshop – part 1

thefilmbook by Benjamin BFor the past 3 years I have organized cinematography workshops & master classes at the Gothenburg Film Studios during their annual Gokinema event.

The Danish cinematographer Eric Kress led the first of these workshops, demonstrating the lighting of matched close-ups.

This is the first of several posts about Eric’s workshop

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Eric Kress

Eric Kress, DFF, is a leading European cinematographer whose credits include:
The Kingdom
Flickering lights
Arn the Knight Templar
Monica Z
and my personal favorite, the original 2009 version of
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Eric has also shot some Danish television episodes, notably for the wonderful series Borgen, about a woman Prime Minister.

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the Gokinema workshop

During the workshop Eric demonstrated simple variations of lighting close-ups of a man and a woman near a window. When we designed the session, Eric and I chose the theme of dual close-ups because lighting matching close ups is something that every cinematographer has to do often.

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stills

In part 1 of the workshop video, Eric introduces the workshop and then demonstrates 3 lighting variations around a window on the sound stage set:
1. one exterior soft source
2. adding an exterior poly bounce as a background light
3. adding an interior fill

These set-ups are illustrated in the slide show below
(you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the slide show)

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the video

During the workshop Eric was wonderful about sharing every step of his creative process.

Watch on YouTube

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workshop & video credits

cinematographer – Eric Kress

moderator – Benjamin B

cast
Matilda Jelse
Pontus Tornqvist Loven

crew
gaffer – Luisa Fanciullacci
1st AC – Filip Lyman
set designer – Kristina Sandfors
on-set DIT/editor – Jonas Andersson

producers – Benjamin B & Michael Petersen
Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios
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with the support of
Marc Galerne – K5600 Lighting Europe
Jacques Delacoux – Transvideo
Anders Johannsson – Media Teknik

video cameramen – Abdul Danesh, Michael Petersen, Nokokure Zaire
video editor – Barbaros Gokdemir
video by Benjamin B

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LINKS

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop – PART 2

Eric Kress website
imdb: Eric Kress
wikipedia: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 by Niels Arden Oplev)
YouTube: trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
wikipedia: Borgen TV series

Gokinema – yearly event with workshops, seminars, trade show
Gothenburg Film Studios

K5600 Lighting
Transvideo

Barbaros Gokdemir on vimeo
imdb: Barbaros Gokdemir

Robert Hardy’s insightful comments about the Part 1 video on the nofilmschool site.

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Eric Kress Lighting Workshop – PART 2

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop – PART 3

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop – PART 4

see part 3 or 4 for links to download the original footage

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