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#1 Posted on 5.2.06 0816.03
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Thanks in advance for any help you all can give me. I've been searching the Net for articles about how Stanley Kubrick achieved his lighting techniques. Kubrick films have a noticeably diffused lighting scheme and I was wondering how I might duplicate it, just for kicks. Examples are the candles in many films including Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon, or the light from the fixtures in The Shining and Dr. Strangelove.
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#2 Posted on 5.2.06 1629.34
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I don't know about articles you can look up, but it was done with regular film lighting and cloth light blockers.

Just get some bright spot lights and place different colored fabric of various thickness over it untill you get the desird effect.

Another thing to do is keep in mind the color the room you are filming in is. This makes a huge difference as to how 'bright' the film comes out.
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Thanks for the answer, but I don't think you're entirely correct. In The Shining, for example, even bare bulbs (such as on chandeliers) have that big, diffused glow. There is obviously no fabric around them.
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#4 Posted on 6.2.06 1047.20
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I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure the Barry Lyndon in particular was lit completely au naturel-that is to say, when you see the candles lighting the scenes, they're the only things doing it.
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#5 Posted on 6.2.06 2042.01
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    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure the Barry Lyndon in particular was lit completely au naturel-that is to say, when you see the candles lighting the scenes, they're the only things doing it.

From what I remember from Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Film (or whatever that bio was that HBO ran 5 times a week for 18 months), Kubrick got some Zeiss (sp?) lenses that NASA developed. They enabled him to shoot all of his interior scenes in natural candlelight, which was the first time anyone had been able to do that in film. I don't know if every scene in the movie was filmed in natural light or not, but a great deal of it was. I wish I had a more helpful answer for you, but what little I know of Kubrick's film techniques seems to involve incredibly expensive equipment.
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