Learn the latest lighting systems and techniques to create moods and dynamic images for film and video.

Lighting has always been an important tool for all artists. This one-week workshop is for emerging filmmakers, cinematographers, video professionals and film school graduates who want to learn the fundamentals of film and video lighting. This class covers all of the equipment, safety procedures and production methods for narrative films, documentary interviews, and corporate and industrial videos.

Through screenings, lectures and demonstrations, students realize the creative possibilities of lighting. Students learn to use andmanipulate natural and available light more effectively, and use tungsten, HMI, LED, and fluorescent lighting systems, along with grip equipment to shape, bounce and diffuse light. Hands-on exercises, including lighting portraits and close-ups, product still lifes, night exteriors and interiors, car interiors, and day for night, offer students the chance to learn the roles of a film crew.


"I came out of this course with more than just knowledge but with training applicable to a real world career."
- Stewart Farmer, Philadelphia, PA

"When I arrived, I emptied my cup so it could be filled with knowledge.  As I left, it was overflowing with a sense of knowledge and new friendships."
- Kai Jackson, Owings Mills, MD


Travis Trudell

If Travis Trudell were here with you today, he would tell you that life is enjoyed best when you remember to share it. He would tell you about how magic is real and it can be found in the small hours when we are closer to sleep. If Travis were here today, he would want you to spend some time learning about light, watching it, studying it, following it around until the light is very uncomfortable and asks us to stop, forcing us to have to create and shape our own light. He would tell you a funny story about Nikola Tesla, and we would all have a good laugh. He would laugh too hard and make everyone uncomfortable, but you would think about it later and would be ok with it. If Travis were here today he would tell you about his love for film, the photochemical dance between light and shadow. He would encourage you to play in the dark, to express uncomfortable feelings, to challenge yourself and the world around you. If Travis were here today. If he were here. Today... 

Travis Trudell has continued to work in the film industry for over ten years. He has worked as a Best Boy and electrician on such films as: Shutter Island, The Social Network, Black Mass, Ghostbusters (2016), Stronger, and Cadaver. When he is not laying cable and pushing lights, he likes to write pretentious sounding autobiographical statements and read them back to himself out loud with an affected British accent. Sometimes Russian.


Course Dates

Jun 11 to Jun 17
Aug 6 to Aug 12



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