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Narrative Cinematography Bootcamp: Lighting for Storytelling
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Narrative Cinematography Bootcamp: Lighting for Storytelling

This nuts and bolts course will go beyond the basic film school setups to introduce you to cinematography concepts that will serve you in narrative TV and film.


Join us for the Narrative Cinematography Bootcamp live from the comfort of your home, on the road, or anywhere. In this interactive session, you will see the instructor and be able to ask questions. Through demonstrations using live stream switching technology, you will be taken on a tour of gear and lighting setups in real-world situations. In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of camera placement and movement for narrative work, and you’ll explore strategies, tips, and tools for effective indoor and outdoor lighting. 

How to Register

The Narrative Cinematography Bootcamp is presented in two separate sections, "Camera Placement and Movement for Storytelling" and "Lighting for Storytelling". These sections are each presented in two parts, which take place on separate days of instruction. Within each section, you can purchase a ticket for just Part 1 for $75 or Parts 1 & 2 for $130. Please note that you cannot attend Part 2 without attending Part 1, as Part 2 will rely on concepts established in Part 1. 

There is a special bundle price of $225 if you plan to take both parts of Camera Placement and Movement for Storytelling and both parts of Lighting for Storytelling. Please contact [email protected] for more information and to register for all four parts

This class takes place on the Zoom video conference platform, which is free to join and easy to use. Instructions will be sent to you before the class begins. Once the class starts, you will see the instructor, the gear being used, including through the camera being demonstrated, and the instructor's presentation. You will be able to ask questions via a live, moderated chat. After the class ends, you will also receive a copy of the instructor's materials and a recording of the class.

This nuts and bolts course will go beyond the basic film school setups to introduce you to cinematography concepts that will serve you in narrative TV and film. 


Topics include:

Lighting for Narrative Settings

Part 1 - September 24

  • Fine-tuning with lighting
  • What the scene requires and what is practical for the scene—lighting motivation and healthy rationalization
  • Basic blocking and its effect on lighting, determining your ratios, key lights, and contrast
  • Using the tools—light meter, false color, spot meter and pixel metering demo
  • Color contrast
  • Lighting the wide and how to set yourself up for easy closeup adjustments
  • Choosing key light placement
  • Using practical lights, working with a production designer to create a lit set


Part 2 - September 25

  • Working with a DIT: your lab on set
  • Adding a highlight color associated with a theme, idea, emotion, etc.
  • Making mixed color temperature environments work for you
  • Controlling daylight inside, strategies for working with exterior daylight
  • Natural color "rules" 
  • Strategies for dealing with uncontrollable sources
  • Matching previous lighting or other people’s lighting
  • Lighting for a moving camera




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