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

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July Session is SOLD OUT!  Email [email protected] to be placed on a waitlist. Seats Available in October Session.

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.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of the Cinematography Intensive.


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Steven Ramsey (summer dates)

Steve Ramsey is a Gaffer/Chief Lighting Technician based in Brooklyn, NY. 

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, cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.

Mo Flam (fall dates)

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) Mo started with making Super 8 surfing movies and environmental documentaries. His growing interest in film led him to graduate school at Columbia University School of the Arts, where he earned an MFA in Film Studies.