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AMI Filmcraft Series: Film Lighting – Strategy and Techniques


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Film Lighting - Strategy and Techniques:
In this workshop we will light a handful of scenes and sets, and in so doing introduce the goals and workflow of cinematic lighting. By understanding the simple qualities of light as they occur in the world and as they can be constructed for film, we begin to navigate the infinite possibilities offered by modern lighting tools. It is a subject worthy of a lifetime of study and practice, but one which still yields valuable secrets with a few hours of exploration.

This is a companion to the Film Lighting – Fixtures and Gripping workshop, in which students learn the use of the specific tools employed, but neither is a prerequisite for the other.

The following elements will be covered in this workshop:

Lighting recipes and methodologies
Motivation and style
Judgement and speed

About the Instructor:
Steve Milligan is a professional cinematographer. Over the last fifteen years he has worked in long and short form documentary, narrative features, commercials, music videos, and projection design. He has been a lecturing fellow in the Duke Arts of the Moving Image program since 2015, and advisor to the Duke student-run production company, Freewater Productions since 2006.


What is the AMI Filmcraft Series?

The AMI Filmcraft Workshop Series gives students the opportunity to develop hard skills and advance their ability in practical areas of filmmaking, and includes topics in cinematography, editing, post-production, and sound.

How much does the workshop cost?

Workshops are open to the Duke community. All skill levels welcome.


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Status Archived
Date Friday, February 14th, 2020
Time 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location Rubenstein Arts Center
Leader Steve Milligan
Enrolled 6