Lighting for Independent Filmmakers

Master the craft of controlling and shaping light on a low-budget set

Good lighting is achieved by mastering the craft of controlling and shaping light which does not necessarily depend on using the most advanced equipment available. Quality results can be achieved even on a modest film or video budget.

This one-week course is for emerging and professional cinematographers, lighting directors, and photographers who want to begin to master lighting on the low-budget set. The week starts by building a lighting and light-shaping kit that is readily available and affordable on even the most modest budget. This kit is employed in numerous exercises throughout the week.

The class spends time working in both documentary/street and narrative scenes exploring various ways of shaping natural and supplemental light on both exterior and interior sets. The class also covers shooting day and night interior and exterior scenes. Each exercise builds on the last with nightly screenings and critiques of the class’s work.

Instructors

Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Film at Maine Media College in 2001. After graduating Travis moved to Massachusetts and started working on local film and television productions.

As of 2010, Travis has worked as an electrician on over ten feature films including the Oscar winning The Departed and the films Gone Baby Gone, The Game Plan, 2127 Dresses, The Box, Shutter Island, and Edge Of Darkness.

He has taught at the workshops for over 8 years and loves returning to the workshops every year.  

He currently lives in Boston with his wife Diana, a documentary filmmaker, and their daughter Matilda and son Joaquin.

His Comic book collection is getting too big for his nerd-ery.