From 28th of January until 24th of February was happening a sustainability-focused, Singapore-based spectacle i Light Marina Bay Festival. Following this years theme “Bridges of Time”, 32 sustainable light art installations and one multimedia show were presented.
I was so drawn into this type of visuals.
They make me wonder.
What is light without the shadow.
Is it a metaphor, feeling or maybe something not so abstract. Is it real.
Why do we strive for order, repetition, hierarchy.
What does the high contrast, rigidness and structure represent in our lives.
Do we feel safe there. Can we find something similar in nature.
Are we running away from it or is this something necessary in order to survive.
Open the pod bay doors, Hal...
I only scratched the surface of lighting in movies in the last post I've written Light as a storyteller and I simply got intrigued - my curiosity doesn't let me go so here is my collateral damage.
As a huge admirer of Stanley Kubrick movies, I will be subjective in this space oriented blog post (don't worry, it is still about lighting) and start with one and only - 2001: A Space Odyssey
This movie still looks like future and well, the story is amazing but not the subject of this post. Other then it's discussed even today, many are still fascinated how the movie was made - with the special effects, and the futuristic look and the feel of the movie.
In the iconic scenes, you simply can not miss the lighting. The contrast between bright spaceship and eternal darkness of the space was very present throughout the movie.
And look at the final scene - all lighting comes from floor tiles?
I only know this much - with Kubrick nothing is left to chance, even this must have some deeper meaning...
Okay, let's move on to the next movie - the Sunshine. What's it like when you're close to the Sun - maybe even too close?
Warm yellowish Sun in contrast to the cooled blueish spaceship...
And finally - The Passengers. This movie simply had incredible sets.
The spacecraft common areas...
And the Vienna suite...
There is so much more to this, I have now started to think about all the other movies...
Which movie is now crossing your mind? Leave a comment
Today we will go back in time and travel with the speed of light (heheh) (sorry)
I am fascinated how artists in the past who had limited technology and resources were able to express their talents and were telling the story within the art piece mostly with lighting. Lighting is able to create certain moods, atmosphere and character.
Even in written pieces, eg. Gustave Flaubert's Madam Bovary (1856.), the writer is using lighting effects to symbolize specific situations or a character's psychology, while at the same time reflects a particular point of view. Not to mention how often the lighting is being used in poetry as a driver for expression of the feelings.
Akira(1988) is the perfect example for this. In this japanese ground breaking animated science fiction film, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, neon light is used as a symbol for consumerism and it creates the dystopian feeling of the city which is very difficult to animate in every frame of the movie.
"No other film has ever looked like Akira, before or since. It’s stunningly fluid and detailed animation often required as many as 9 separate cel layers. The 125 minute feature was comprised of over 160,000 cels and almost as many backgrounds, each one completely hand–drawn and hand-painted." Joe Peacock, Akira cels collector
Have a look at the short video on Akira: How to Animate Light
Another example is Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer sometimes referred as "The master of light"
The video bellow describes how in one of his paintings (Woman holding a balance 1662–1663) light draws you in and encompass the full scope of the painting.
And if you are interested how Film Noir were made when the technology and resources were limited, and how talented people of the time made iconic look and feel in their movies, have a look at this video:
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