Explore advanced, dramatic lighting techniques used in feature films with an industry Chief Lighting Technician.

Oct 21, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $2595
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 the goals of achieving 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

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Please note: An hour-long training session on Set Etiquette and Safety will be required of anyone registered for a workshop that involves production. Students only need to participate in this session once during their time on campus.

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Instructor: Steven Ramsey

Steven Ramsey is a Brooklyn-based Gaffer and Chief Lighting Technician who has has worked on more than 60 feature films and episodic TV projects as well as numerous commercials and music videos. His feature credits include JOKER, WEST SIDE STORY, BRIDGE OF SPIES, SISTERS, THE POST, GLASS ONION, A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK and THE GOLDFINCH, as well as acclaimed independent films such as THE LARAMIE PROJECT, SHERRYBABY, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, GIRLFIGHT and ELECTION. His television credits include HAPPYISH, THE DEUCE, ROYAL PAINS, and THE ROMANOFFS. He worked on the upcoming films KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, directed by Martin Scorsese, IMAGINARY FRIENDS, directed by John Krasinski, and LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, directed by Sam Esmail.

He considers himself very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a gaffer to the cinematographers whose work inspired him to make a career in filmmaking, including Vittorio Storaro, Janusz Kaminski, Roger Deakins, Caleb Deschanel, Michael Seresin, and Russell Carpenter.

Recent collaborations have received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, including JOKER with cinematography by Lawrence Sher, and WEST SIDE STORY with cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. He has been a member of IATSE Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Local 52 since 1999.