Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - part 1

thefilmbook by Benjamin B

For the past 3 years I have organized cinematography workshops & master classes at the Gothenburg Film Studios during their annual Gokinema event.

The Danish cinematographer Eric Kress led the first of these workshops, demonstrating the lighting of matched close-ups.

This is the first of several posts about Eric's workshop

Eric Kress DFF -thefilmbook-


Eric Kress

Eric Kress, DFF, is a leading European cinematographer whose credits include:

The Kingdom

Flickering lights

Arn the Knight Templar

Monica Z

and my personal favorite, the original 2009 version of

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Eric has also shot some Danish television episodes, notably for the wonderful series Borgen, about a woman Prime Minister.


the Gokinema workshop

During the workshop Eric demonstrated simple variations of lighting close-ups of a man and a woman near a window. When we designed the session, Eric and I chose the theme of dual close-ups because lighting matching close ups is something that every cinematographer has to do often.



In part 1 of the workshop video, Eric introduces the workshop and then demonstrates 3 lighting variations around a window on the sound stage set:

1. one exterior soft source

2. adding an exterior poly bounce as a background light

3. adding an interior fill

These set-ups are illustrated in the slide show below

(you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the slide show)


the video

During the workshop Eric was wonderful about sharing every step of his creative process.

Watch on YouTube


workshop & video credits

cinematographer - Eric Kress

moderator - Benjamin B


Matilda Jelse

Pontus Tornqvist Loven


gaffer - Luisa Fanciullacci

1st AC - Filip Lyman

set designer - Kristina Sandfors

on-set DIT/editor - Jonas Andersson

producers - Benjamin B & Michael Petersen

Gokinema at Gothenburg Film Studios


with the support of

Marc Galerne - K5600 Lighting Europe

Jacques Delacoux - Transvideo

Anders Johannsson - Media Teknik

video cameramen - Abdul Danesh, Michael Petersen, Nokokure Zaire

video editor - Barbaros Gokdemir

video by Benjamin B



Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 2

Eric Kress website

imdb: Eric Kress

wikipedia: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 by Niels Arden Oplev)

YouTube: trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

wikipedia: Borgen TV series

Gokinema - yearly event with workshops, seminars, trade show

Gothenburg Film Studios

K5600 Lighting


Barbaros Gokdemir on vimeo

imdb: Barbaros Gokdemir

Robert Hardy's insightful comments about the Part 1 video on the nofilmschool site.





Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 2

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 3

Eric Kress Lighting Workshop - PART 4

see part 3 or 4 for links to download the original footage



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