So, you’re filming in a hallway. Kind of a dull location, isn’t it? Flat, painted colour. No photos or art on the walls. Thinking of just throwing up a light and getting on with it?

Well… consider what time of day it is in the script. Might there be filtered light from a nearby window painting designs on one of those flat, painted walls?

Creates quite the atmosphere, doesn’t it? You can simulate such early morning or late day designs by placing objects and cookies (cut-outs) in front of lights at any given time of the day.

So, look around you – at various times of the day – and see how Nature lights your world, and then be inspired by it!

Cheers & atmospheric lighting to you,

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Deborah (Deb) Patz is the author of Write! Shoot! Edit! for teens and Film Production Management 101 for the industry – both books are published worldwide by MWP. She’s also part of the editorial board for Prism International and wonders if you can see the shadow of her dog’s ear in the photo above.

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
Mar.26-28 – Instructor – Write! Shoot! Edit! Screenwriting Workshop for Teens – VPL
Jul.23-26 – UFVA Conference: Stories Without Borders, La Cruces, New Mexico