Gain the fundamental knowledge of lighting, grip, and set procedure, essential to begin working in industry production
Sep 12, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022
Workshop Fee: $1650
Class Size: 16
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.
“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
Behind the Scenes:
Instructor: Justyn T Davis (Fall Dates)
Justyn T Davis is a Lighting Designer and Union Gaffer. Since 2017 he has guest lectured and taught at NYU Tisch Graduate School. He is calm, patient, and enthusiastic about filmmaking.
His Gaffer credits include The Last O.G., The Central Park Five, Ode to Joy, and many more films and episodic series. His credits as Bestboy Electric and Electrician include Blackkklansman, The Informer, Quantico, and much more.
Justyn is also an experienced lighting designer who has worked on a wide variety of projects. Some of his lighting designer credits include Nick Offerman: American Ham, Super Bowl LII, as well as The Food Network's BBQ Blitz and Brunch @ Bobby's.