Week 2 Blog: Lighting

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Identify the type of lighting used in the film.

This film mostly consists of low-lighting, along with a few scenes that have some high-key lighting. “A low–key lighting design looks dark overall by comparison” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011, section 4.4). The light helps give the audience a feel for what is happening I the movie. The clip below helps show you how low-lighting is impotent in order to give the viewer a feel meant for drama throw out this scene.

What are the benefits of the style of lighting used?

When the cinematographer uses low-lighting it helps capture the setting for the entire movie. Low-lighting is mainly used in drama-mystery films. This give the audience a more in-depth understanding of how important or sad, each scene in the film might be. The few scenes that consist of high-key lighting helps the audience know that this part of the film is important to the overall plot of the movie.

How did this technique contribute to the theme?

The lighting technique used in the film helped the viewer grasp the morality of each scene within the movie. These light technique also help enhance the mood and feel the director is trying to achieve for the film by creating a drama-mystery.

How was the lighting technique suited to the genre of the film?

The film is a drama-mystery genre and low-lighting is the primary lighting source that give the audience a feel of mystery. Also Goodykoontz and Jacobs (2011) stated, “Low–key lighting is often used for intense dramatic scenes, horror films, mystery thrillers, and the like” (section 4.4). Given these points you can see how important low-key lighting is to this genre.

Compare how the scene would play if different choices had been made.

I feel that if the cinematographer had not used low-key lighting throw out most of the movie the audience would not have gotten the effect of a drama-mystery film. Had the cinematographer chosen a different light source the overall effects for the movie would change? The audience would be confused of what was going on during the movie because the lighting is a key aspect used to help set the mood for each scene throw out the whole film.

Clip#1 from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: “Blomkvist Meets Salander” (HD). (2011, December 19). YouTube. Retrieved May 8, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLXQz6qJOg
Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From watching to seeing. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – OFFICIAL 8 Minute Trailer – In Theaters 12/21. (2011, December 6). YouTube. Retrieved May 8, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7awaM0UmYI


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