Explore dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films

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NOTE: This course will be held in a Live, Online format using the Zoom Platform.
The class
will meet Saturday 12-4pm ET

Through lectures, screenings, and discussions, this class covers the importance of light in visual storytelling, and the techniques and processes to execute an array of different lighting set-ups. We will discuss the nuances of the lighting effects that can elevate the impact of a scene.

The class will focus on the creative and technical challenges of feature film cinematography and will learn how to scout a location and plan lighting requirements for a scene and be prepared to tackle challenging lighting situations to achieve specific visual aesthetics.

David Martinez will open up the lecture with a comparison between different lighting styles used in feature films and episodic series. Mo Flam will join us for the latter half of the class to discuss his approach to lighting. The class will combine lectures on the fundamentals of lighting with time for open Q&A with a leading chief lighting technician.

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Instructor: Mo Flam

Mo Flam has been working as a Chief Lighting Technician on feature films for over 30 years. Major Credits include "The English Patient" (Winner, Best Cinematography, Best Picture - 1997 Oscars) "Black Swan" (Nominee, Best Picture, Best Cinematography - 2011 Oscars) "Spotlight" (Winner, Best Picture - 2016 Oscars) and "Cold Mountain" (Nominee, Best Cinematography 2004 Oscars). Through the years Mo has had the privilege of working with many great cinematographers, including John Seale, Michael Ballhaus, Haskell Wexler, John Toll, Tom Sigel, Peter Suchitzky, and Matty Libatique.

Host: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer originally from Puerto Rico. He is better known for his cinematic approach to visual storytelling and camera work. After completing the Cinematography Intensive program at Maine Media Workshops in 2014, David traveled the world working as a cinematographer and colorist to tell stories of social impact. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the editorial department, has given him a great perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling.