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Key lights: Defining moments in cinematography since the Empire's first strike

The first issue of Lighting Dimensions appeared in June 1977, when the American film industry was at a crossroads. One of the articles in the inaugural issue was an interview with gaffer Ross Maehl about lighting the boxing scenes in Rocky, a little crowd-pleaser that had won the Best Picture Oscar that March. This low-budget, rather grungy-looking movie was of a very different character than the Bonnie and Clydes and Easy Riders and the works by Altman, Coppola, and Scorsese that had

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