Angels and Demons uses a systematic three-point lighting in most of it’s scenes. The scenes shot outside during the day are to be seen as the sun on a cloudless day, a few scenes shot inside an empty cathedral where the primary source is from the windows above, making the deep interior much darker. When night falls the scenes taking place outside are light by street lights, and passing cars. Indoors it seems candles are used quite frequently. Although there are scenes where the lighting would normally be dim, the actors are always illuminated, making them the sole focus.
A few of the benefits to this style is the broad range of opportunities it provides for certain scenes. In times where the viewer should be primarily focused on what the actors are doing or saying, all the surroundings are dim, and easily ignored. This style also helps emphasize the mood for that particular shot. When the shot requires secrecy, sneaking, or suspense the dim light affects the viewer’s own mood. In scenes of urgency, brighter light helps enhance the fast pace the film is taking.
This technique helps the viewer to understand and feel the emotions of the actors. When the light is lower, the viewer automatically grows anxious. In scenes with brighter light the viewer becomes more alert, and hyperactive.
This form of lighting is perfect for this genre of film. The various lighting in different scenes helps convey the anticipation, and suspense of the events.