Explore advanced, dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films with an industry Chief Lighting Technician.
Oct 16, 2023 - Oct 20, 2023
Workshop Fee: $2495
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 16
This is our most advanced lighting workshop for cinematographers, gaffers, and freelance filmmakers who want to explore dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films. Through lectures, screenings, and discussions led by a career Cinematographer or Chief Lighting Technician, this class covers the importance of light in visual storytelling, and the techniques and processes to execute complex lighting set-ups for Feature Films and TV.
Working collaboratively as a film crew, students take on the creative and technical challenges of feature film cinematography. The class will learn how to scout a location and plan lighting requirements for a scene. Then, through hands-on exercises, begin to tackle challenging lighting situations with goals to achieve specific visual aesthetics.
Students light scenes with LED, HMI, tungsten, fluorescent, and more. Through exercises, learn to use grip equipment to shape and control light. Students light a variety of interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces, as well as car interiors, day and night street scenes, and dramatic scenarios with actors, using the most recent and advanced technology in feature film lighting.
Image Credits: David Martinez, Alexis Ostrander
Behind the Scenes:
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.
Course Manager: David Martinez
David believes in the idea of Docendo Discimus. He enjoys teaching and has taught more than 30 different workshops at Maine Media on topics ranging from camera, lighting, color grading, and cinematography theory. He has been working as the Film Program Manager at the workshops since 2018 designing curriculums and syllabi for both in-person and online workshops. His role at the school has given him an opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals across many areas of filmmaking and film production.