Gain the fundamental knowledge of lighting, grip, and set procedure, essential to begin working in industry production

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This workshop is for emerging filmmakers, cinematographers, video professionals, and film school graduates who want to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of lighting theory, learn set etiquette and procedure, and get hands-on experience with all the essential production grip and electric gear.

Through screenings, lectures, and demonstrations, students learn to use LED, tungsten, HMI, and fluorescent lighting systems, along with grip equipment, to design, shape, bounce, and diffuse light. Students work hands-on, and become familiar with all the necessary tools used on every film set, including an array of light fixtures, camera rigs, dollies, track, stands, clamps, power distribution, and hardware. They also learn to use and manipulate available light from natural sources.

Students participate in a series of exercises, lighting and shooting a variety of interior, exterior, day and night scenes. They build and light sets within the soundstage, as well as shoot in practical locations, all while becoming familiar with each of the various roles of a film crew. Set etiquette and safety will be taught and emphasized throughout the week.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this Workshop is also Week 1 of the Fall Cinematography Intensive


I’ve been on countless sets, but had no idea how basic electrical and grip worked. In just 5 days I have hands-on knowledge that I will use forever.”

-Judy Kibinge, Nairobi, Kenya

This week-long class is better than a whole semester at many film schools.”

– Seth MacMillan, San Francisco, CA

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Jamal Solomon (June Dates)

Jamal has been working in the industry for 8 years in New York City, as well as internationally. Shooting short films, feature length movies, as well as artistic videos for brands and artists has brought him the insight of understanding the needs of all types of stories and genres.

Tatjana Krstevski (August dates)

With an MA in Cinematography (Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010.) Tatjana Krstevski is a Member of Association of Film Artists of Serbia and International Collective of Female Cinematographers.

As a director of photography she worked on a number of documentaries short and feature films, commercials and music videos, including her latest work on the feature film “Game of Cards“ – directed by Huang Chao, Beijing, China and the feature film “The Load” – directed by Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia. A documentary feature “Depth-Two” (premiered at Berlinale Film Festival in 2016.) has won 17 awards, including 8 main prizes at festivals in Saint Petersburg, London, Palma de Maiorca, Kassel, Florence, Prizren, Zagreb, and Belgrade. It was shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and is one of the most relevant documentaries of 2016.