Class Schedule and descriptions

Saturday Schedule

Sunday Schedule

 
 

Class Types:

New Fundamentals: Filmscape 101 - short classes covering an overview of the topic at hand. Aimed at folks who are interested in seeing what’s out there.

Deep Dive: The nitty-gritty. Multi-hour seminars digging into comprehensive details of the subject matter. Aimed at folks who want to develop a new skill set.

Day One - Saturday, September 7th

Advanced Topics in LumenRadio

8a-10:45a, Room 101 - Deep Dive

Wireless lighting control is becoming the norm on set, and with it comes a new world of knowledge and troubleshooting. Learn the 

Rigging Essentials - Talking to Jeff Soderberg

8a-10:45a, Room 102 - Deep Dive

Presented by MBS Equipment Company. A moderated discussion with Jeffrey Soderberg - a rigging gaffer known for his work on Armaggedon, National Treasure, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and The Dark Knight Rises.


Rigging 101

8a-8:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by IATSE Local 476. This class will discuss the basic components of the grip department, focusing on on-set safety and the industry standards for correct use of rigging equipment.

The Full Story of High Dynamic Range

8a-8:45a, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by Panavision Chicago. With the popularity of HDR and UHD distribution, Panavision discusses what are the most important ingredients filmmakers need to be aware of when preparing to shoot and deliver in an HDR world.

What Color is Your Light?

9a-9:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Join Gary Adcock for a discussion on the virtues and issues with the various types of Solid State Lighting and what their use means for you as a photographer or cinematographer. 

Based on the AMPAS guides for both the Spectral Similarity Index project and the new Solid State Lighting Tests this session is designed to give professionals a better idea of the issues related to the latest advancements in lighting and why judging lights by their CRI index may not be the best for todays professional camera systems. 

Lighting 101

10a-10:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by Arri. Learn the basics of lighting faces in this one-hour workshop.  Art Adams will give an overview on the best angles, roles of different lights, what to look for and avoid, and other tips to use when lighting faces.

Rich Man’s Process Live Demo

12p-2:45p, Location TBD - Deep Dive

Presented by ShowRig and MBS Equipment Company. A demonstration of video wall technology and how it can be used to improve both the production and execution of scenes in “moving” vehicles

Essentials of Truss Rigging

12p-2:45p, Breezeway - Deep Dive

Presented by IATSE Local 476. A look at the key points of truss-based rigging systems, including a live demonstration.

The ABCs of DMX

2p-2:45p, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by Barbizon Chicago. Technology is changing lighting quickly, and the complexity of the average lighting instrument has exploded. If the alphabet soup of lighting control is making you sweat, or if you could use a refresher on the basics, join Barbizon Chicago’s Ned McGregor as he breaks down the bits and bytes of the digital multiplex protocol.

Camera Assistant 101

2p-2:45p, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by AbelCine Chicago. This class will give you a good grounding in all aspects of a professional motion picture camera. We’ll be joined by a guest AC from Local 600, and you will learn the key components that are used to build a professional camera system, including camera support, accessories relating to the camera body, routing of electronics and electrical accessories, and various cable connectors and their function. We will also cover lens design and function. By the end of this class, you will become familiar with building the camera body and accessories onto lenses.

Working with LiteRibbon

3p-5:45p, Room 101 - Deep Dive

Presented by LiteGear. LED LiteRibbon has changed the approach to set lighting, and created a new position on many productions - the Fixtures Technician. This new electrician must be able to create integrated lighting that will serve both as an aesthetic on-screen element and an effective light for talent. LiteGear VP of Sales Paul Royalty moderates a discussion with Mike Visencio, IATSE 728 (Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame), and Bob Gomez, IATSE 476 (Empire, Chicago Med) on their approach to lighting with flexible LED, along with specific techniques for success.  A hands on demonstration with a simple LiteRibbon system will be included.

Panel - Large Format Lenses

3p-5:45p, Room 102 - Deep Dive

With the ever increasing sensor sizes, understanding where and how your lenses should be working is required. These larger format cameras have requirements some cinematographers may not think about or even consider, now that their 1st choice for lensing no longer covers the sensor of the latest cameras from Sony, Arri and RED. Join Gary Adcock and leading industry guests in an open discussion with both lens and camera manufacturers regarding the latest technologies and capabilities coming out in the world of lenses in large formats. 

Business Basics for Set Technicians

3p-3:45p, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by TRP Worldwide. This class focuses on the part of the job that doesn’t happen on set - a broad strokes discussion of personal finance, branding, and networking for the freelancing professional

Intro to Skypanel

4p-4:45p, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by Arri Lighting. A look at the basics of operating the Skypanel S60-C fixture, focusing on new features found in Firmware 4.

Set Etiquette

5p-5:45p, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by Barbizon Chicago. You got your first on-set job. Make sure you’re hired for your second one. A panel of local film professionals discuss best practices for all departments to be safe and make a good first impression. Moderated by Barbizon Chicago’s Tobin Neis.

Day Two - Sunday, September 8th 


American Cinematographer Shot Craft: The Science of Illumination

8a-10:45a, Room 101 - Deep Dive

ASC Associate Member, American Cinematographer editor and former cinematographer Jay Holben will take a deep dive into the science and physics behind today's illuminants: how they work; their strengths and weaknesses; and how to best utilize these technology choices for your creative needs. From the science of the tungsten-halogen bulb to modern LEDs (with stops for HMI and Fluorescent along the way), get a solid grasp on the choices and their various form factors available in today's marketplace.


Vehicle Rigging Live Demo

8a-10:45a, DePaul Parking Lot - Deep Dive

Presented by IATSE Local 476. A live demonstration by IATSE membership of a complete rig for shooting and lighting a moving vehicle.

SkyLight Balloon Live Demo

8a-9:45a, Breezeway - Deep Dive

Presented by SkyLight Balloon. A live demonstration of the setup of a simple balloon lighting system, focusing on safety and on-set efficiency.

The Art and Tech of Camera Movement

8a-8:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by AbelCine Chicago. As filmmaking cameras have evolved over the decades, they have advanced from mechanically complex heavy weights housed in immobile booths, to light weight ultraportable devices barely larger than a still photo camera, or arguably, the phone in your pocket. With so much cinematic power packed into such a small package, the ability to express the story through camera movement is an expectation now, rather than a desire. But with all the myriad ways to move the camera, it is easy for the art of storytelling to become lost in the simple search to add production value.  Join us as we explore the “why” of camera movement and stabilization. In this class, we will focus on the effects that various kinds of camera movement have on narrative storytelling and cinematic grammar. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of human perception as it relates to movement, the various techniques and equipment used to move the camera effectively, and experience live demonstrations with professional operators. Upon completion, attendees will be able to speak a common language of movement, allowing them to not only create moving shots with more meaning and emotion, but to collaborate with camera operators, cinematographers, and directors to more effectively realize their cinematic vision.


Wireless Signal Management and Troubleshooting

9a-9:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

As production advances faster and faster towards the future, maintaining control and continuity of your image on set and in post is essential. Join us as we discuss ways to better maintain your wireless signals in the cluttered 2.4GHz and 5GHz ranges when you and your crew are fighting signal overlap from car fobs, room sensors garage door openers, plus sound and picture, we will offer some insight to some best practices, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your wireless connectivity onset.

Fundamentals of Portable Power

10a-10:45a, Lecture Hall - New Fundamentals

Presented by IATSE Local 476. This class will discuss the basic components of a distributed power system, focusing on best practices and safety procedures.


Legal Basics for Creative Professionals

10a-10:45a, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by Jayaram Law. Learn the basics of intellectual property law when it comes to protecting your work, as well as the processes and procedures for using someone else’s song, visuals, or other work correctly and legally in your own film. 

The New Handbook - Talking to Harry Box

11a-11:45a, Room 102 - New Fundamentals

The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook, first published in 1993, will soon be out in it's 5th Edition. The book's author, Harry Box reflects on the enormous changes brought about by the LED revolution. As someone who has documented the evolution of lighting technology for 26 years, Box looks at the state of the art now, where it came from, and where it is leading. 

The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook is known for being a friendly, hands-on manual for covering lighting and rigging, equipment, day-to-day practice, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting. In the fifth edition, the book once again delves into every aspect of lighting, with vastly expanded sections on color science, lighting control systems, wireless systems, types and styles of LED lights, and modern set protocol for productions small and large. At the same time, in the 5th edition, Box renews his discussion of indispensable lighting principles that are independent of technology and the foundational concepts from which expressive images are built. 

Not someone who normally makes public appearances, Harry’s participation in Filmscape Chicago is something of a homecoming, having grown up in Madison, Wi and having spent several years working in Chicago early in his career starting out as an intern in Panavision/Victor Duncan’s lighting department.


An Intro to Phantom High Speed Cameras as a Storytelling Tool

11a-11:45a, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by AbelCine Chicago. In this one-hour Phantom High-Speed demonstration you will get to see the highest frame rate cameras in action. This thorough demo will give you a glimpse of what creative applications this tool opens up as well as what is involved in a high-speed production.  You’ll leave this demo with a good basic understanding of the Phantom cameras’ capabilities, both technically and creatively. We will also discuss considerations that need to be discussed on a high-speed project such as lighting requirements, workflow, and crew.  Directors and Producers and Cinematographers alike are encouraged to participate in this demo to better understand the creative possibilities, applications, and needs of these cameras for a high-speed project.


American Cinematographer Shot Craft: Lessons from the Masters

1p-3:45p, Lecture Hall - Deep Dive

In 22 years and over 200 articles written for American Cinematographer Magazine, editor, former cinematographer, ASC Associate Member and independent producer/director Jay Holben has had the opportunity to intermingle with the legends in the cinematographic world. From Conrad Hall, ASC to Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC; Allen Daviau, ASC to Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC to Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and many, many more. In this session, Jay will share the highlights of lessons and secrets he learned (stole) from these masters of cinematography over the past two decades. 

Advanced Networking - ArtNet and Beyond

1p-3:45p, Room 102 - Deep Dive

Presented by Barbizon Chicago. DMX systems are intrinsically limited, and recent developments are pushing the protocol well past what it was initially designed for. Join Barbizon Lighting for a discussion of network-based control system for lighting and their applications for film and television. 


HMI and Ballast Technologies

1p-3:45p, Room 101 - Deep Dive

Presented by Arri Lighting and Osram. Join representatives from industry leaders in HMI lamp and ballast design and manufacturing to discuss the inner workings of an HMI System.


4 Key Ingredients To Creating Powerful Images

2p-2:45p, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by Panavision Chicago. Panavision experts unpack 4 key ingredients filmmakers can deploy in their films that help audiences experience a visual and emotional difference, including a closer look at the new Panavision DXL2 camera


Problem Solving in Lighting

3p-3:45p, Room 201 - New Fundamentals

Presented by Barbizon Chicago. Emmy-award winning Lighting Designer Jim Sippel discusses the challenges of location shooting, and what to do when a lighting plan falls apart.


Closing Event - Giveaway Announcement

5p, Lecture Hall