How the face changes with shifting light sources

Nacho Guzman demonstrates how much a face appears to change with differing lighting positions, in a teaser for a forthcoming music video from OPALE.



  1. That’s about the nearest equivalent I’ve seen for a very common LSD visual (well, at least it was common for me :) )

    1. Also in the accompanying text of the vimeo video- “Thanks to Clouzot and my fantastic team for inspire me.”

      “Speaking to The Huffington Post, Guzmán explained the video is actually an homage to deceased French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. In his final unfinished film, “L’enfer,” Clouzot employed a similar lighting technique.

      Intrigued by the visual style, Guzmán sought to determine how the
      eerie lighting was constructed. However, since there was no accounts
      describing how Clouzot created the lighting atmosphere, Guzmán had to
      devise his own method.” (

  2. interesting. though this has been a well documented feature of noh masks for several hundred years…

        1. It works for me – my VPN’s in South Korea at the moment so it can’t be a US only video.

  3. Damn, saw the post this morning when the video was working, went to show it to my partner now and it’s private :-(

  4. The moving shadow under the nose made me think of the thing Samantha does in Bewitched, and once I’d noticed that, I couldn’t really absorb the rest of it. 

  5. I think this is a great illustration of why a good (if not great) DP & DL can make or break a movie – not just for how ‘good’ they make the actors look, but for how the emotions of the actors gets conveyed.

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