Need to create a creepy atmosphere for your horror flick? These lighting techniques are a great place to start.
Making a scary movie actually scary can be a serious challenge, but filmmakers have found ways to communicate danger, fear, and other horrible emotions onto the screen visually by turning certain cinematographic techniques into horror conventions. One of the most prolific and effective of those conventions is lighting, which helps to not only create atmosphere but to also withhold visual information from audiences, giving you, the filmmaker, more opportunities to scare the mustard out of them.
In this video from Aputure, you’ll get to learn five horror film lighting techniques that are, yes, very conventional and traditional, but also incredibly effective and efficient at creating a horror-filled environment in which to torment your viewers. Check it out below: