In the comedy world or in the entertainment world in general, lighting matters. You want to create an experience that lets the viewers know that anything goes and they are getting a break from reality. The highlight on one side of the face creates a more dramatic effect and gives people the illusion that they are somewhere different experiencing something interesting. It can be sort of difficult to achieve perfect lighting because the face isn’t the only thing that needs light, the pathway of their movements needs to be lit up well also.
- Dark and gritty set lighting can convey a serious tone, while bright and intense lighting can make the tone lighter.
- Comedies and other more cheerful shows can use a high ratio of lighting to emphasize the actors.
- By sharply contrasting the faces to the background, high-key lighting makes things look less natural, inviting the actors to say crazy things.
“In a narrative drama, the bright side of the actor’s face (known as the “key” side) will be about 1.5 to 3 times brighter than the darker side (known as the “fill” side). This creates dimension and drama.”