Cinematography Techniques for One-Man Band Filmmakers

Sean Tracy, Filmmaker

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10 Videos (1h 15m)
    • Class Overview

    • Criteria

    • Police Interrogation

    • Product Demo Lighting

    • Top Light

    • Natural Light

    • Hard and Soft Light

    • Orange and Teal

    • High Key Look

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class I breakdown the lighting for several commercials, music videos, and narrative films I've created for clients over the past year. I'll show you what cameras and lights I used, where I put them to get the look, and why I made those choices.

I work on low budget commercials and videos in the range of $2000 to $20,000 so you'll see me using affordable gear that you have access to. In truth, you can use any camera including your cell phone and shoot cinematic video, if you know how to light.

If you are a beginning or intermediate filmmaker who wants to learn about lighting or a one-man band production team, watch this class to learn some exciting techniques and increase the production value of your videos.

Some of these lessons are a little long. Many approach the 10 minute length but please watch all the way through. I start each lesson with background on the project, then talk about the lights used and their positions and motivations. Then I show before and after and conclude each lesson with an assignment.

26 of 26 students recommendSee All

Great class! Really informative with a down to earth instructor.
I loved everything about this class! I like that it's not some cornball YouTube video sharing generic info about the film industry. Instead, Sean takes his time breaking down how he made some of his past projects happen and he even challenges students to participate by including small homework assignments at the end of each video. I look forward to learning more from Sean!
Benjamin Atchley

I love to help people and make videos.

Thank you very much for this class! It was an incredible experience and added a lot to my knowledge about light.





Sean Tracy


Sean Tracy is a DP and editor from Queens, New York. In 2013, he started MONSTRINTHEDARK, a small production company in upstate NY that specializes in creating immersive video content for new media channels

Sean's third feature film, Black Hat, was purchased by Amazon Studios in 2011 and his NBC pilot, The Lottery, was an official submission at the 2013 NYTVF. Since then, Sean has written and directed commercials with sales to several major brands including Slimfast, Novartis, Choice H...

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