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September 17, 2021 4:00–6:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center, Room 232
Film & Video

Film Lighting 1: Strategy and Techniques

Partnership with DukeCreate & Cinematic Arts

Taught by Steve Milligan

The Cinematic Arts Filmcraft Workshop Series

The Cinematic Arts Filmcraft Workshop Series gives students the opportunity to learn hard skills and advance their ability in practical areas of filmmaking, such as cinematography, editing, post-production, and sound. The workshops run for six weeks, starting the Friday that drop/add ends, September 3rd. Each workshop is offered twice, on Friday afternoon and the following Saturday morning. No experience or registration is required.

Camera Systems and Camera Operation

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.

About the Location

This workshop will take place in the Cinematic Arts Studio in the Rubenstein Arts Center, 232.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).