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

Dates:  Jun 17-23, 2018
Levels:  Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee:  $1395
Max Class Size: 18

Additional Dates Offered: Aug 26-Sep 1, 2018

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: Matt Siegel

CLIO Award winning director of photography Matt Siegel creates visual images for commercials, features, documentaries, branded content, and corporate communications. His commercial clients include Google, Toyota, Ford, SONY, Audi, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, with new campaigns filmed for Bayer, Honda, CVS, and Timberland. His commercial work has won international recognition, including ADDY, TELE, Cannes’ Golden Lion, and Cable ACE awards. In addition to commercial production, Matt has extensive industry experience as a 2nd Unit DP and Camera Operator on episodic television, including the WB series Everwood, the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, the Jerry Bruckheimer series Just Legal, and the CBS series The Mentalist. His work as a feature film camera operator on major motions pictures includes The Matrix: Reloaded, Master and Commander, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

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