Gain the fundamental knowledge of lighting, grip, and set procedure essential to begin working in film industry production in this hands-on workshop.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

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

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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: Ted Lehane

Ted Lehane has been a grip in film and television for over 30 years; and a proud member of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics IATSE Local 52 for 20 years. Working primarily in New York, but also in Los Angeles and several films on locations around the US and Mexico; Ted has been the Key Grip on over 22 motion pictures including “High Art”, “Not Okay” and Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks”. He has also been the Key Grip on  “Dear Edward” (Apple), “Manifest” (Netflix/NBC)  “Madam Secretary” (CBS), and “Person of Interest” (CBS). Ted is the co-owner of Empire State Grips, a grip and camera support rental company.