Stage 32 Glossary


Chiaroscuro is a combination of the two Italian words for "clear/bright" and "dark." Refers to a notable, contrasting use of light and shade in scenes, often achieved by using a spotlight. This lighting technique had its roots in German Expressionistic cinematography. Also known as "high-contrast lighting," "Rembrandt lighting." "Flat lighting," or "TV lighting," which are bright and flat lighting with no shadows, are the opposite of "chiaroscuro."