Ever wonder why a family-friendly movie feels so different than an action film? It isn’t just the story and characters: music and lighting have a lot to do with it. How you light something, the colors you use, the light levels, and what you choose to show all has a huge impact on how a movie feels to you. One of the major goals of lighting is to establish a Mood for the scene. There are many ways to affect the mood of a scene, including the music and timing. However, this post specifically focuses on using lighting to control a scene's Visual Tension, Color, and Revelation of Elements to evoke emotion. The tools available to a lighting artist include Contrast, Obscuring Elements, Unexpected Elements, Shadow play, and Color… lots and lots of color. So much color I am going to save it for it’s own blog posts (that’s right, plural).