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Basic Lighting & Grip

Starts February 24

1 session: Sunday, February 24, 9am–5:30pm

In this workshop open to filmmakers of all levels you’ll learn professional lighting techniques to affect the mood of a shot. We’ll cover the vocabulary used to describe lighting a shot and how to use lighting equipment in single and multiple point lighting setups through hands-on demonstrations with tungsten, HMI, Kino Flo, and LED lights.

Other topics include green screen, background, and exterior lighting. We’ll also cover some basic grip gear and how to use it along with lights to achieve a desired effect, plus tricks and tips for efficiently moving on to the next setup. The workshop includes lab sessions in which students will light a set to achieve certain textures and moods using the techniques presented.

Students are encouraged to bring a DVD or hard drive containing a scene from any movie they like, including their own work, to be discussed in class. Heavy leather, heat-resistant gloves are recommended. There is a lunch break.

Tuition: $175 regular/$130 member/$100 low-income

Dan Miller3Dan Miller is a longtime freelance lighting technician, who has worked in the grip and electric lighting departments for movies, commercials, and sporting and special events. Dan previously worked at the local ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA, directing the morning and noon news during the day, and shooting and editing video at the local cable operations at night. After moving to the Twin Cities, Dan spent five years at small ad agency shooting broadcast spots, corporate video, and business theater work before going freelance.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.



February 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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1 session: Sunday, February 24, 9am–5:30pm