I believe that The Great Gatsby (2013) film uses three-point lighting. Three-point lighting is  “a lighting style based upon three primary sources of light, a bright key light and slightly dimmer fill light to the upper right and left sides of the camera, aiming at the subject to create a three-dimensional appearance with soft shadows, and a back light placed behind the subject and aimed at its back to create a rim of light that separates it from the background” (Goodkoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

Here is a clip from the movie that I believe shows three-point lighting being used effectively.

The use of this kind of lighting helped with the film because the characters were meant to pop. This was a very theatrical film and the use of this kind of lighting helped portray that sense. I believe that this was a great choice of lighting and the use of any other lighting for the party scene would have thrown everything off.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Nona Shengalaia. (January 3, 2014). Epic Party – The Great Gatsby. Retrieved from


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