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      October 26, 2019

      Saturday   9:30 AM

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      2019 MFA Lighting Workshop

      Cost: $10 for MFA Student Members, $45 MFA Members; $100 Non-members The 3rd Annual MFA/High Output Master Lighting Workshop will take place in the High Output – Portland studio and focus on three primary lighting scenarios: Product and tabletop lighting; classic and modern portrait lighting; and dramatic narrative scene lighting, both INT. DAY and INT. NIGHT. In all of these production situations, we need to use our eye, create contrast, and place the shadows to effectively to tell the visual story. The lighting plan needs to be simple, elegant, and fast. The MFA/High Output Lighting Workshop utilizes a wide variety of lighting and grip tools to accomplish these goals and help you execute your own lighting set-ups. We will work with LED, HMI, tungsten, and fluorescent lighting equipment, featuring the fixtures from Litepanels, ARRI, Mole-Richardson, Kino-Flo, Quasar, Rotolight, and Aputure. Throughout the day, soft goods, bounce and diffusion materials, and a full-range of grip equipment will be introduced and explained as they are used to shape, wrap, and control light. The workshop will introduce the concept and language of lighting as part of the creative process and examine how to create distinct lighting styles. We will start by lighting product and the challenges of tabletop work. We go on to explore the classic and modern techniques of portrait lighting. In the afternoon, the class moves on to scout a location and assess the available light options before filming an INT. DAY scene. Moving to the warehouse, a lighting plan will be created and executed for a dramatic narrative scene. The MFA Lighting Workshop is tailored for freelance filmmakers who need to see, understand, and explore the lighting techniques used in commercials, branded content, narrative films, and documentaries. The topics and techniques are beneficial to independent filmmakers along with narrative and documentary directors, DPs, producers, and those interested in obtaining knowledge about or employment in a lighting or grip department. WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS:The Maine Film Association welcomes Mo Flam, Daniel Stephens, and Dean Merrill as our team of instructors for the 2019 MFA Master Lighting Workshop. MO FLAM, Chief Lighting TechnicianMo Flam has been the Chief Lighting Technician on feature films for over 30 years. His credits include The English Patient (1997 Oscar Winner, Best Cinematography and Best Picture); Black Swan (2011 Oscar Nominee, Best Picture and Best); Spotlight (2016 Oscar Winner, Best Picture); and Cold Mountain (2014 Oscar Nominee, Best Cinematography) Through the years, Mo has worked with cinematographers John Seale ASC, Michael Ballhaus ASC, Haskell Wexler ASC, John Toll ASC, Tom Sigel ASC, Peter Suchitzky ASC, and Mattie Libatique ASC. Mo started his career making Super-8 surfing movies and environmental documentaries. His growing interest in film led him to pursue an MFA in Film Studies at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Throughout his illustrious career lighting for Hollywood’s most beautiful films, Mo has been an early adopter and advocate of new lighting technology, including KinoFlos, Chimera Soft Boxes, ARRI Skypanels, and other LED lighting fixtures. For more information, visit his IMBD page. DANIEL STEPHENS, Director of PhotographyDaniel Stephens has served as the Director of Photography for music videos, commercials, short films, and features. His work with The PopTech Institute, The Red Cross, and The World Bank has taken him around the globe. From Nairobi to Haiti, he has documented stories for social change. Daniel founded the production company GoodFocus to work with non-profit organizations and sustainability-focused companies. Daniel also directed the James Taylor documentary There We Were, the story of James Taylor’s album, ‘Before This World.’ Daniel developed and recently filmed his series 26 Words, which brings the wonder of words and their bizarre history to young imaginations. Daniel studied filmmaking at Loyola University in New Orleans and the University of South Florida. He resides on the coast of Maine where he is a partner in the film production companies GoodFocus, LLC and General Films, LLC. DEAN MERRILL, Director of Photography and GafferFor the past 15 years, cinematographer Dean Merrill has brought an elegant and critical eye to the projects that he has been involved with. He has filmed with international brands L.L. Bean, Timberland, LoJack, Chase Manhattan, and Hewlett Packard. He has also partnered with major media producers National Geographic, The History Channel, Disney, and ABC-TV. He has been featured as a talent-to-watch in Filmmaker, Indiewire, MovieMaker, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio (NPR). His work can be viewed on his company website Thank you to the following companies for their generous support of this workshop: ARRI LightingBlackmagicdesignBones + Blubber - LAJim BoutinGood Times Lighting and Grip, Adam Belanger ownerHeadlight A/V, PortlandHigh Output, PortlandLeighton Images, Geoff Leighton ownerLitepanelsQuasar ScienceRotolightVITEC Cost: $10 for MFA Student Members, $45 MFA Members; $100 Non-members Join the Maine Film Association today for free or discounted admission to all MFA workshops and events, and many additional perks: MFA Members have received their member discount code via email and can sign into their member account at to view all MFA member discount and deal codes. *Scholarship opportunities are always available for any of our educational events. Please email us at to inquire!

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