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Student a post (180 words response for the post is required)

The lighting that I think is in the movie I chose (Saving Private Ryan) is low-key lighting. I say this because in the book it defines low-key lighting as the use of deep shadows with high contrast between the brightest parts of the scene and the darkest parts. Since most of this movie is outside this was the only one that made sense to me. The book also states that low-key lighting is often used in intense dramatic scenes and sense Saving Private Ryan is a movie about war this made the most sense to me.

I think the techniques of low key lighting and why it is used is to make your mind think that something bad is about to happen. You see this type of lighting in horror films and other that the music the lighting is what scares you most of the time. The lighting advances the story because it leaves you wondering what is coming next in the case of horror films. It set the mood of the scene as well, if it is bright then you can think that something good is going to happen and if the scene stays dark or you cannot see anything you can assume something bad will happen. I think that if different choices where made then the scene would not be as impactful as it was. I do not know a lot about film but from the little bit that I have read it seems to me that light is a huge part of the movie because I believe that lighting sets the tone.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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Student b aus post (180 words response for the post is required)

The film I chose to explain the type of lighting is Goodfellas. In the opening scene of the film the use of low-key lighting is very apparent. Three gang members are driving down the street in a vehicle, after hearing banging coming from the trunk they decide to pull over to the side of the road. At this point the scene uses low-key lighting by having the camera focused on the three men facing the trunk of the vehicle, with the only source of light being the tail lights of the vehicle. For a few seconds the scene builds suspense by showing the men covered by a red blanket of light coming from the tail light as they nervously prepare to open the trunk. With the red being the only break in the surrounding darkness the scene creates an ominous feeling, making the viewers anticipate something bad is going to happen. Sure enough the gangsters open the trunk to show a man they intended to kill but only ended up severely injuring, and showing the gangsters finishing what they started.

With the opening scene being very dark and using red lighting it signifies events to come later on in the film, as we later find out how the protagonist ended up in the situation, and explains his life that’s surrounding by crime and murder. The scene is very significant because the death of the victim later on leads to the death of one of the main supporting actors, which contributes to the downfall of the tight-knit group of gangsters.

Goodfellas – Opening Scene (1080p) (Links to an external site.)


Goodfellas (2016 Dec 4). Goodfellas- Opening Scene . Retrieved from

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