Film Lighting class for filmmakers at Raindance London


Power of Lighting [supported by Rotolight]

(2 customer reviews)


Raindance members get 20% off this course.
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE
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The Essentials of Film Lighting
Supported by Rotolight

Light is the most important tool available to you when enhancing the atmosphere and mystery of your story on camera. On the shoot, the Director of Photography will spend the greater part of his or her time getting the film lighting set-up to best represent the scene’s aesthetic and emotional needs. This basic film lighting class will give you the information you will need on your next shoot.

Using a digital camera and a simple film lighting kit, this evening film lighting class will introduce you to the basics of film lighting for moving pictures, with emphasis on working on the low-budget digital formats.

The course covers:

  • Working with available light
  • Using Tungsten lights and daylight together
  • Hard & soft lighting
  • 3 & 4 point lighting set-ups
  • Diffusion & flagging to control light
  • Creating a cinematic look
  • Q & A

Who should attend this film lighting class:

Any filmmaker – from writer, director, producer, camera, sound and actors will benefit from this basic introduction into the principals of screen lighting.

Additional resources:

How to choose your film lighting setup
Your basic film lighting kit and crew
Camera and lighting hire with ARRI

Supported by Rotolightparticipants get 10% discount on all Rotolight products, enter the coupon code raindance10 at checkout

About the tutor:

Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing film directing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills.

Chris learnt his key skills from acting and directing in the theatre where the focus was always on using limited resources and engaging the audience’s imagination; it was a natural shift for him into filmmaking.

As a teacher, Chris prioritises the clear communication and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He first and foremost believes learning is a two-way process, and as a filmmaker, it never ends.

Recently, Chris has shot the teaser trailer for the psychological thriller, Dead of Winter and also short film Emma’s Last Date. He is currently in development with his dark comedy feature script, The Devil You Don’t.

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2 reviews for


Power of Lighting [supported by Rotolight]

  1. Philip Horne

    Chris Thomas was very likeable, and it was a good session, though the camera he was using kept disconnecting itself from the monitor, which kept delaying things. But I did go from pretty clueless to having a good general sense of the field: if I had more detailed camera sense I can see that I would have got more out of it. The demonstrations were excellent – of the different effects: maybe there could have been a little more of that. But it was an enjoyable, informative session. A short is being made in January drawn from a feature script I’ve written, by pretty good people, so this session will have helped me know what’s going on.

  2. Lois (verified owner)

    A great evening that covered all the essentials on lighting. Raindance have chosen well with a tutor like Chris, a film practiononer who not only talks the talk (and with great respect for and knowledge of the industry) but can walk the walk whilst adjusting barn doors with other hand! I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants a foundation in camera lighting- you watch and question so don’t worry about being put in the spot! Thank you Chris, Tommo ( the gaffer) and Raindance!

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