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Basic Lighting & Grip

Starts January 21

1 session: Saturday, January 21, 9am–5:30pm

Location: Lights On, 61 Bedford St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

You don’t want to miss this great workshop offered on a very limited basis! Hosted by Lights On Minneapolis, you’ll learn professional lighting techniques to affect the mood of a shot—from a true pro! 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.

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 day includes two hour-long labs 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 laptop 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 has worked as a freelance lighting technician for the past 16 years. He has worked in the grip and electric lighting departments on movies, commercials, sporting and special events. Dan 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 to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) within 5 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 course if 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 a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.


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January 21, 2017
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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January 16, 2017
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1 session: Saturday, January 21, 9 am–5:30 pm