Gaffer: Shaun Fleeger


CHOSEN FOR:  Lighting

Gaffer: Shaun Fleeger


DESCRIPTION: The Gaffer is responsible for managing lighting, including associated resources such as labour, lighting instruments and electrical equipment under the direction of the Director of Photography (the DP) or, in television, the Lighting Director (LD).

Hi everyone and thanks for checking out this weeks Exposing the Crew blog short film!

This weeks ETC HIGHLIGHT focuses on the lighting of the short Sci-Fi film Vessel. A  unique and enjoyable high concept film that may or may not be compensating for its shortness in length. (Yes, that was a joke) This weeks short film couldn’t have been done without the lighting talent of this weeks highlighted Gaffer, Shaun Fleeger.

I’m sure you heard it a hundred times, “Lights! Camera! Action!”. Well you can’t get to the “Camera” and “Action” until you light the darn thing. A Gaffer is presented with the challenge of taking a new set, a specific camera angle, moving talent, and a billion other variables, and conveying the emotions of the script that the Director and DP are trying to convey.

There are a couple things that stood out to me about the lighting in this film. The first is the targeted use of light in reflections. Pause the video at 1:05 (see lines on the table), 4:25 (her face in the glass), and 5:11 (see the circular light in her eyes) to see what I mean.

Secondly, the light work had a very specific style that complimented the post production teams use of the “dream filter” effects. This can be seen in the back lighting of the smoke, and the spotlight style lighting used during and after the wife’s procedure.

Thank you, Shaun Fleeger, for helping create such a unique short film for our viewers this week. Make sure to learn more about Shaun on his social media platforms. 

We’d also like to thank the Director/Creator, Carlo Treviso, for his contribution and submission of this project.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See You Next Tuesday,

Justin Jackola (Director at JJack Productions)

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