Proposal draft 2, 4/26/15

After extensive thought i have decided to do my project 2 on lighting because i actually hope to work on a film set one day working with lighting . To be more specific im going to be researching lighting in certain science fiction films. I feel like lighting is such an important part of film and most people don’t realize how important it really is. Lighting is what sets the tone for a scene or most of the time the overall tone of the film.

with that being said let me explain some of the things im going to research and focus on with this project. I have chosen three science fiction movies i will look at and they are Star wars (Maybe just a New Hope, but i feel like its going to be the original trilogy), Alien (just the first one) and 2001 a space odyssey. I’m going to look at the overall tone of these films based on lighting and what that says about them and then compare them. Also im going to look at certain scenes from the films and look at the tone of those as well, but im also going to look at if the lighting based on a certain scenes symbolizes something or has a certain theme to it. I’m going to be looking for similar lighting and themes in these films and also contrast as well and try to find out why they might be similar or different. This is basically what i will be doing for project 2, i hope everyone understands where im going with this and hopefully some what interested, i can’t wait to present my findings.

So i have already started looking for some research on my topic so im going to include some of the links i found. One im going to use an article that explains lighting in film and why its so important. I’m also looking in to the gaffers and Director of photography on these films to possibly compare there lighting in these films to other ones they have done. Two of the films im using spark notes to look at themes and symbolism and then look at how that looked on screen. I have also found some articles on what certain lighting means in those films and for some why that kind of lighting was used. I’m hoping to learn in my research, is there a similarity in lighting in sci fi films and what that means and why they are similar. I’m also looking at it the same way with differences, but i think im also hoping to find more of meanings behind how certain scenes were lit and how that affected the overall tone.

here are the links i have started looking at

http://www.lavideofilmmaker.com/filmmaking/film-lighting-tips.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Light_%26_Magic

https://jesseskinner.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/lighting-in-film-alien-ridley-scott/

http://www.sparknotes.com/film/starwars/themes.html

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Color

http://blog.cinemaautopsy.com/2011/06/03/free-will-technology-and-violence-in-a-futuristic-vision-of-humanity-2001-a-space-odyssey/

http://www.collativelearning.com/2001%20chapter%205.html

http://www.collativelearning.com/2001%20chapter%208.html

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/2001/themes.html

https://sharnela.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/star-wars-iv-a-new-hope-lighting-techniques/

http://somefilmsandstuff.com/2013/02/17/alien-retrospective-1979/

One thought on “Proposal draft 2, 4/26/15

  1. Thanks Jonathan for discussing your research a bit more. Some of these sources are good places to begin, but shouldn’t be included in the final version of your write-up (like Wikipedia and Sparknotes, they are only starting places). I would also suggest you consult some articles and book (chapters perhaps) specifically about lighting in SF films.

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