How To Light a Horror Film

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Horror is a hallmark of filmmaking. When done correctly, lighting builds tension and heightens terror for excruciating effect.

In How To Light a Horror Film, Shane Hurlbut, ASC brings you on set and shows you how to turn any ordinary location into a place of suspense and terror — all through the power of lighting. You’ll learn how much light works best to create tension, the ideal amount of color contrast, and how to use shadows to your advantage.

  • 6 Lessons
  • 1+ hours of instructional videos
  • Detailed written breakdowns
  • Top-down lighting schematics
  • Side by side comparisons

How To Light Horror Lessons:

  • History of Horror
  • Setting the Tone of Terror
  • Shadows of Suspense
  • Handheld Horror
  • Preparing for Panic
  • Killer Close-Up


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