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

May 4, 2020 - May 8, 2020
Jun 7, 2020 - Jun 13, 2020
Aug 9, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1195 (Spring Session) $1295 (Summer/Fall Sessions)
Class Size: Spring: 14 (Max) Summer/Fall: 20 (Max)

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 part of Spring Cinematography Intensive. The Summer Offering is Part of the 4-Week Basic 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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Info for Winter/Spring Session: Lodging and meal package available for $525. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.

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Instructor: Jamal Solomon (May dates)

Jamal is an award-winning cinematographer with over 8 years of experience working in the film industry 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.