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Techniques in Cinematography with Peter Stein, ASC

In Techniques in Cinematography, Peter Stein, ASC will show you how to develop a good eye by studying the work of the masters. In this 4-hour workshop, he will review hard vs. soft light, the direction of the key, the ratio of key to fill, and how these techniques create mood.

Peter will screen clips from memorable films and show paintings by old masters, such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Their lighting will be presented as understandable concepts, and the techniques used in the films will be broken down step-by-step.

Since some of the most important moments in film occur in close-ups, this will receive special attention. Peter Stein will discuss finding the best angle and demonstrate how to light and compose a good close-up.

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Location: TBD

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Price: From: $180

  • Review of lighting concepts by studying film clips and great paintings
  • Hard vs. soft light, directions of the key light, ratio of key to fill
  • How lighting techniques create mood
  • Making use of existing architecture and widows
  • Lighting backgrounds to add structural interest
  • Use of texture: smoke, mist and dust
  • Additional Topics (time permitting)
    • Exterior lighting
    • Light control
    • Use of reflectors and butterflies

This class is for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of lighting concepts and techniques.

Peter_SteinPeter Stein is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and has been a Director of Photography on over 50 feature films, TV movies, and documentaries. He has photographed classic cult films in the genres of comedy and horror, major studio releases, independent films, and noted documentaries. He has taught at SUNY Purchase and The School of Visual Arts; he has also been on the NYU graduate faculty since 2002 where he now serves as Head of Production. Currently, he is producing and directing a documentary for American Public Television about his father, the photographer Fred Stein. For more information, visit petersteinasc.com