Mark Janke
History and Film Instructor

A Lesson in Light Leaks and Tall Tales

Lesson Plan Published 1/26/15 Last updated on 7/3/18

In this lesson plan, I tried to incorporate many aspects of this course while keeping it simple enough for my film students to still accomplish in one assignment. As you look through this lesson, you'll notice that certain aspect of this lesson assume certain abilities from my students. This is because we've had class for half the year and they already have certain skills and concepts mastered. If applied to another class, topics of quality sound recording, 3 point lighting, composition, editing, and basic color correction would need to be touched on in addition to my lesson.

One of the best parts of film is the ability to be creative in story telling. This is why I'm requiring a tall tale storyline with this assignment. This makes the light leaks lesson exactly what it should be; a physical special effect and nothing more.

I have included my tutorial for making physical light leaks as a part of this assignment. I've used this technique with my students for a few years now. It works great. My only word of caution is to do this in a dust and moisture free enviornment. My film lab is shared with our IT department. We have to keep the room dust free for both sensitive technology repairs and my film class so this isn't a problem.

Enjoy and I hope you find this lesson useful. See the attached Lesson Plan:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your videos.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts

Student Provided Materials:

  • Multiple Light Sources
  • DSLR Camera? - If student has access to one or another camera with removable lenses

School Provided Materials:

  • Computer Access and Adobe Premiere
  • Tripod
  • Computer Monitor
  • AV patch cords
  • DSLR or Canon M series mirror-less Camera
  • Multiple Light Sources
Equipment specific to individual student film projects (i.e. Steadicam, audio kits, sliders, booms, tripods, etc.)
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Craig Gundlach

Posted on 6/23/15 5:01:56 AM Permalink