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January 9, 2020 – January 12, 2020

Thursday-Sunday | 10am-5pm | 4 Days

Explore expressive lighting styles for different genres of filmmaking (narrative, interviews,

commercials and more). This hands-on immersion moves you beyond the basics to cover the

artistic and technical skills that can be used to effectively create visual mood and tone. You

will actively participate in multiple lighting set-ups in a variety of locations around the city,

ranging from small environments to larger scale settings. If you have your own video camera,

you are encouraged to bring it to capture lighting set ups. The Film Center’s Arri Alexa will also

be on hand to read scenes for comparison.

Prior to the workshop, you will have private access to a series of lighting demonstration videos

created by the instructor (optional but highly encouraged). Watching these at your leisure will

greatly increase your lighting knowledge and confidence level coming into the class.




Daylight and night interior lighting

Working with tungsten, fluorescent, LED, and HMI lighting units

Lighting human faces – creative variations of 3-point lighting

Lighting an environment – going beyond 3-point lighting

Lighting multiple subjects in the same scene

Shaping light – advanced light control

Chiaroscuro lighting

Using color and contrast to create mood and tone


Check out examples of the instructor’s cinematography and lighting work:

Prerequisites: You should have experience operating a video camera including a basic understanding of manual camera settings such as frame rate, shutter speed, lens aperture control, ISO settings, color temperature and white balance.


The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.