Work hands-on with advanced industry gear. Explore a wide range of challenging lighting scenarios

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This advanced workshop is for cinematographers, gaffers and freelance filmmakers who want to explore a wide range of lighting techniques used in feature films, commercials, and episodic television. Through lectures and discussions led by an industry cinematographer, the class covers the importance of lighting design in visual storytelling, and the processes and industry practices used to execute a wide range of complex lighting set-ups.

Students will learn how to scout a location and plan lighting requirements for a shoot. Through hands-on exercises, they will tackle a series of challenging lighting scenarios with goals to achieve specific visual aesthetics. They will work hands-on with advanced industry lighting technology, including LED, HMI, tungsten, fluorescent and more, and use a wide array of grip equipment to shape and control the light.

Students will practice working as a crew, and rotate the roles of DP, gaffer, G&E, and more, to light a variety of interior and exterior scenes, in studio and on-location, as well as car interiors, day and night street scenes, and dramatic scenes with actors. The scenes will vary in mood, feel, and genre, challenging students to think about the nuances of how they light their subjects and achieve their desired aesthetic. Review and critique of dailies will discuss how all of the techniques practiced throughout the week, should ultimately work to support the story.

The class will discuss on-set roles pertaining to lighting and how these may vary between the worlds of commercials, features and episodic TV. The instructor will discuss industry trends and career pathways, and will be able to offer insight to students wishing to pursue lighting for film and television.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also Part of the of the 8 Week Cinematography Intensive

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Instructor: Roy H. Wagner, ASC

Roy H. Wagner is a 2-Time Emmy Award-Winning cinematographer with over 30 years of experience shooting TV series and feature films. Major DP Credits include “House”, “CSI”, “Quantum Leap”, “Burn…