Most Recent Advanced Workshop on Cinematic Expression

For two days in June 2011 experienced and aspiring filmmakers learned the rapidly fading art of lighting, not by monitor on the fly, but by methodical previsualization before setting up a scene and using one of the oldest and most trusted tools in the cinematographers' kit, the light meter. Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Sikora walked the small, intimate class through the Zone System, originally conceived by photographers Ansel Adams and Fred Archer. Students also learned lighting for interviews, controlling mood with light, and a number of other lighting styles. Sikora has spent years teaching eager students how to apply these classic techniques to projects captured with both film and digital camera systems.

Janusz Sikora can be reached at

Special thanks to ARRI Lighting and Matthews Studio Equipment who provided equipment for the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops:
Burbank - August 3-4, 2011 - Wednesday and Thursday
(Reservation Deadline: July 15, 2011)

New York - August 11-12, 2011 - Thursday and Friday
(Reservation Deadline: July 15, 2011


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