CINEMATOGRAPHY – ADVANCED LIGHTING COURSE ;Advanced techniques for reducing, softening and shaping light as well as how to work outside with the sun to get the look you want.

  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 13 lesson series
  • Certificate of completion
  • 5 hours, 2 minutes of video
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Continuing where the Arts & Business Center Basic Lighting Course left off, the Arts & Business Center Advanced Lighting Course takes you even deeper into the tools and techniques used by Emmy and Oscar-winning cinematographers. 

Learn advanced techniques for reducing, softening and shaping light as well as how to work outside with the sun to get the look you want.  Learn advanced key light techniques for feature films, commercials, and music videos.  You will also learn how to use a light meter and properly light and shoot on a green screen, as well as advanced natural lighting techniques.

Learn from the best and get the tools to become the best with the Arts & Business Center Advanced Lighting Course.

THE LESSONS

GAFFER

Learn about the duties and responsibilities of the gaffer on and off the set.

  • 20:10 video on the gaffer
  • Resource guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Who is the gaffer?; What does the gaffer do on set?; What the relationship is like between the gaffer and the cinematographer; How the gaffer balances the art and technique of lighting

BEST BOY ELECTRIC

Learn the duties and responsibilities of Best Boy Electric.

  • 9:57 video that takes you into the world of the Best Boy Electric
  • Illustrated companion guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

The role of the Best Boy Electric on set; How the Best Boy Electric relates to the gaffer and electric department; How the Best Boy Electric’s job changes depending on the budget of the project

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ELECTRICIANS

Learn the duties and responsibilities of the electrician.

  • 16:19 video covering the role of the electrician on set
  • Illustrated companion guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

An electrician’s role on set; An electrician’s tools; How electricians work with power and generators; A day in the life of an on-set electrician; Set etiquette

REDUCING LIGHT

Learn production tools and techniques to effectively and properly reduce the output of a light source. From scrims and nets to neutral density gels and dimmers, you will learn how to quickly slow downlight.

  • 20:31 video that walks you through techniques to reduce light on the set
  • Complete resource guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

How to reduce light on the set; How to use scrims; How to use nets; How to use silks; How to use solids; How to use dimmers; How to use neutral density gels; Proper set etiquette when choosing a light source and reducing it

SOFTENING LIGHT

Soft light is the most flattering light on the human face, and mastering the use of diffusing materials will help you create that look. In this lesson, we’ll show you industry-standard techniques to soften light sources, control spill, and lighting techniques to create the most elegant lighting when lighting people.

  • 24:00 video that teaches you various ways to use diffusion to soften the light
  • Complete resource guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

How to control the size of a light source; Using Fresnels to craft the spread of light; Controlling wraparound; Working with diffusion on barn doors; Working with softboxes and Chimeras; Skinning 4x4s; Working with 6×6 overheads; How to control spill from soft light sources; Real-world demo

SHAPING LIGHT

Anyone can set up a light, but the real art in lighting lies in how you craft or shape the light. In this module, we’ll take you to Panavision in Hollywood where you will learn tools and techniques for shaping light once it is emanated from a light source.

  • 17:51 video that teaches you techniques and tools to effectively shape light on the set
  • Complete companion guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

The power of shadows; Creating internal vs external shadows; Benefits and drawbacks of bard doors; Working with black wrap; Egg crates and louvres; Flags and solids; Creating gobos; Working with a cucoloris and brancholoris; Building duvatyne skirts

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LIGHTING A SCENE

When you first step onto a set or scout a location, it can be an overwhelming experience trying to figure out how to light the scene.  Where do you start?  Where do you put the key light?  How do you work with the ambience? This module not only gives you valuable pointers and a step-by-step guide to planning the lighting for a scene but Emmy-winning DP Jason Tomaric, Vice President of Lighting of Arri John Gresch and veteran gaffer Ron Sill walk you through the lighting of a scene for a movie.  See for yourself the DP’s process as he shares his tips and techniques with you from first thoughts of the set through the final lighting.

  • 24:42 video that walks you through the approach to lighting a scene
  • Complete companion guide
  • Guide on mapping the electrical layout of a location and how to work with a circuit breaker
  • Four scene study guides with scenes from “Time and Again”

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

How to determine the ambient light at a location; How to determine the placement of the key light; How to place accent lights; How to light a set based on the actor’s blocking

KEY LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Once you understand three-point lighting, how do you further craft and refine the key light to create the appropriate light for your scene? In this module, we’ll look at a number of techniques you can use on set for lighting actors. Vibrantly demonstrated at Panavision Studios in Hollywood, each technique is methodically demonstrated so you can use them on your set.

  • 25:20 video that walks you through advanced lighting techniques
  • Complete resource guide
  • Techniques for lighting men and women

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Various techniques for crafting the key light; How to use cutters to create a haircut; Advanced diffusion techniques so your actress looks exquisite

ADVANCED LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Learn advanced techniques for further refining the key light on your subject using time-honoured Hollywood lighting set-ups. Visually demonstrated at Panavision Studios, you can apply these techniques on your production to improve the overall quality of the shot.

  • 17:15 video that teaches you advanced lighting techniques
  • Comprehensive advanced light diagrams
  • Product lighting techniques
  • Food lighting techniques

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Advanced lighting techniques for your actors; How to create top beauty lighting; How to grade the background; How to create a music-video washed-out key light; How to shoot against the key; How to create natural, motivated lighting

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GREEN SCREEN TECHNIQUES

Green screen is a popular and powerful technique used to digitally replace the background with any video or image by shooting it against a blue or green screen. When done properly, the effect is nearly imperceptible.  However, getting a good clean key can be a challenge. Whether you’re shooting green screen for a million-dollar feature film or for YouTube, this module walks you through every aspect of what colours to use, how to properly light a green screen, where to place your subject and even what video formats work best.

  • 25:18 video that walks you through the steps of properly shooting a green screenshot
  • Complete resource guide
  • Example of how green screen techniques were used to shoot a falling scene
  • Three Quicktime shots of increasing difficulty with which you can practice your compositing skills.  Each clip includes a background plate.

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

What the green screen process is and how it can be used in a movie; How to choose the correct colour for the background screen; The differences between using blue or green; What digital formats are the best and worst at acquiring green screen footage; How to properly light the green screen; How to properly light the actors; How to coordinate props and wardrobe when shooting green screen; How to frame a green screenshot; How to create multi-layered special effects; How to full subjects full body

LIGHTING EQUIPMENT SAFETY

In this module we will discuss hazards you will encounter when using, or working around, lighting equipment, how to organize the lighting equipment and properly secure lights and grip stands.  We’ll touch on special safety issues associated with HMI lights, cords and cables, and using lighting equipment on location. We’ll end with some guidelines concerning lifting heavy items on set.

  • 24:23 video that highlights lighting safety
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable on-set reference guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Techniques for keeping lighting equipment neat and organized; Warnings; How to properly secure stands; C-Stand Safety; Common hazards of lighting equipment; HMI Safety; Cords and cable safety; Lighting equipment safety when shooting on location; Guidelines for lifting heavy objects

ELECTRICAL SAFETY I

This is the first of two modules in which we will discuss hazards associated with the use of electricity.  We will focus on general concepts needed to understand electrical circuits and the systems we have in place to protect property, equipment, and people from electrical hazards. All electrical equipment and wiring must follow national, state and local codes and regulations, which exist to ensure that safety systems are in place, and working.  We will discuss applicable regulations and provide guidelines for safe practices.

  • 32:19 video that highlights electrical safety
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable on-set reference guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

How an electrical circuit works; The difference between watts, volts and amps; The power equation; About over current protection; How to make load calculations; About grounding; About ground fault circuit interrupters

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ELECTRICAL SAFETY II

In Electrical Safety Part I, we discussed the forces in an electrical circuit, load calculations and the systems designed to protect property and people, overcurrent protection, grounding and ground fault circuit interrupters.

In this module, we look at practical situations in which electrical hazards exist: shooting around high-voltage power lines, working with faulty and improper equipment and employing proper unsafe practices when using electrical equipment.  We will review different types of cords and receptacles, their capacity and limitations, cite relevant code regulations, and discuss the job of the Authority Having Jurisdiction.  We will discuss what to do in case of electrical shocks and electrical fires and identify practices that require the special knowledge and experience of a qualified person should therefore only be practised by trained professionals.

  • 28:22 video that highlights safety guidelines when working around electricity
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable on-set reference guide

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Safety guidelines when working around high voltage power lines; How to properly inspect equipment; Safe practices when working around electricity; Appropriate use of cords and outlets

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