MFA Lighting Workshop: Studio Lighting for Interviews & Narrative Scenes


November 10, 2018, 1-5pm
High Output, 83 Bell Street, Portland, ME

This workshop is now full.
You can join the waitlist here.

The 2nd Annual MFA/High Output Lighting Workshop will take place in the High Output Portland Studio and focus on three primary lighting scenarios: Practical/available lighting, interview lighting, and low-budget narrative scene lighting.

In all of these production situations, a filmmaker needs to use his/her eye, create contrast, and place the shadows to most effectively tell the visual story. In today’s production environment, the lighting plan needs to be simple, elegant, and fast. The tools need to be lightweight, durable, and inexpensive.

The MFA/High Output Lighting Workshop will utilize a wide-variety of lighting and grip tools that will help you accomplish these goals and execute your own quick and beautiful lighting set-ups.

We will work with LED, HMI, tungsten, and fluorescent lighting equipment, featuring the latest units from Litepanels, ARRI, Mole-Richardson, Kino-Flo, Quasar, and Aputure.

Throughout the afternoon, soft goods, bounce and diffusion materials, and a full-range of grip equipment will be introduced and explained as they are used to shape, wrap, and control light.

The workshop will introduce the concept and language of lighting style as part of the creative process and examine how to identify and create those styles. The class moves on to scout a location and assess the available light options. Returning to the studio, a lighting plan will be created and executed for an interview and for a narrative scene.

The MFA Lighting Workshop is tailored for freelance filmmakers who need to see, understand, and explore the lighting techniques used in commercials, branded content, narrative films, and documentaries. The topics and techniques are beneficial to independent filmmakers along with narrative and documentary directors, DPs, producers, and all those interested in obtaining knowledge about or employment in a lighting or grip department. Students and amateur filmmakers welcome!

Instructor: Matt Siegel, Director of Photography.

Matt Siegel is an award-winning producer and director of photography. Matt conceives, designs, composes, and lights for commercials, feature films, documentaries, and branded content. He balances his professional film career by conducting camera, lighting, and production workshops around the world, demonstrating techniques and technology for ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Panasonic. He is a global brand ambassador from VITEC and Litepanels, and a former professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Cost: $35 MFA Members; $75 non-members, FREE to students
This workshop is now full, but you can join the waitlist via Eventbrite!

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