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

Date: May 27-Jun 2, 2018
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $1195
Max Class Size: 18

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.

For those taking the 10 Week Cinematography Intensive, this workshop is recommended as a prerequisite.


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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Instructor: Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell has worked in the film industry for over 15 years. He has worked as a Best Boy and electrician on such films as Shutter Island, The Social Network, Black Mass, Ghostbusters (2016), Stronger, and Cadaver.