Explore the creative possibilities of location shoots through a variety of unique lighting setups

`Dates:  Aug 26-Sep 1, 2018
Levels:  Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee:  $1395
Max Class Size: 18

Bringing a film shoot into a real-world setting has many advantages, especially for independent productions that may not have the resources to always use large studio sets. Learn to address the technical and creative challenges, and take advantage of the benefits and possibilities of shooting on location.

This hands-on workshop is for gaffers, cinematographers, G&E department, and video professionals who wish to learn location lighting practices and techniques, as used in industry production, and gain valuable experience creating a wide variety of unique lighting setups.

Following lectures, demos and theory discussions, students work with LED, HMI, tungsten, and fluorescent lighting fixtures to create narrative scenes in a series of commercial and residential locations. They practice shooting both day and night, interior and exterior, and explore the many ways to use grip equipment to supplement, shape, balance, diffuse, color, and control artificial and available light.   


Students work hands-on with the latest technology in industry lighting gear, as well as a 250 amp production generator. Safe handling of electrical distribution is taught and emphasized.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also Week Three of the 10 Week Cinematography Intensive.

Image credits:  Christian Randolph, Seth MacMillan

Instructor: Daniel Stephens

Daniel Stephens has served as the Director of Photography, producer and director for numerous music videos, commercials, and short and feature films. He works with non-profits specializing in social and environmental causes, helping to document their work and inform the public about it through film and multi-media. His work with The PopTech Institute, The Red Cross and The World Bank has taken him across the globe, from Nairobi to Haiti and from Iceland to the streets of Chicago to document and create stories of social change and social justice. In 2008, Daniel founded the production company goodfocus, specifically to work with non-profits and sustainability-focused companies. In 2014, he directed a documentary about the making of James Taylor’s first album in over a decade. His documentary ‘There We Were’ which tells the story of the recording of James Taylor’s album, ‘Before This World’, was released in conjunction with the album. When not somewhere else, Daniel resides on the beautifully lit coast of Maine where he is a partner in the film production companies goodfocus, LLC and General Films, LLC, and a member of the faculty at Maine Media Workshops and a producer-at-large for Storm Warriors.

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