Advanced Lighting Skills

Sydney - Jun 26 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Jun 26 2018 - Jun 28 2018
Attendance Pattern
Three days, Tues - Thurs 9am - 5pm
Steve Arnold
Course fee
$1500 / $1500

This is an advanced lighting course for cinematographers wanting to expand their knowledge in lighting for film and television drama. It focusses on "Lighting the writing"


Over three days, students will light a set to various scripted scenarios under the tuition of a professional cinematographer. Students will work with a gaffer, best boy, camera operator, grip and two actors in AFTRS' state of the art studios. This is a practical, hands-on course.

Exercises will be designed around lighting techniques used to create different styles; for example a bright romantic comedy or a dark contemporary thriller. Emphasis will be given to the demands of lighting to a moving camera.

On completion of the course students will be able to apply specific lighting techniques to different visual outcomes.


“I think that having a proper DP, Gaffer, grip, 1st AC & lighting assistant was excellent. Also real actors helped students just focus on the lighting techniques. Steve is approachable & very experienced as a DP. Extremely hands on which is great. Boschy is a legend & loved his stories about his best mate Baz Lurhman!”


This course is suitable for students who have completed the Lighting Fundamentals course or have considerable experience as a camera operator. It does not cover basic lighting theory.

Limited places are available, and this course will only be run twice a year -- so don’t miss out!


Steve Arnold is an international award-winning cinematographer whose work includes Feature films, TVCs, Television , Music Videos, and short films. He has just completed work on the Arclight feature A Few Less Men (dir. Mark Lamprell). Recent credits include multi AACTA Award winning Last Cab to Darwin (dir. Jeremy Sims) for which Steve was nominated for both AACTA and FCCA awards for Cinematography, the award winning Red Obsession (dir. David Roach and Warwick Ross) for which Steve was also nominated for an AACTA Award and JFK: The Smoking Gun (dir: Malcolm McDonald) an international co-production from Montreal-based Muse Entertainment and Australian partner Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder.

Steves other feature credits include ACS Award winner Disgrace (dir. Steve Jacobs) starring John Malkovich, winner of both Toronto and Pusan International Film Festivals, AFI winner La Spagnola for which he received an AFI nomination for Best Cinematography (dir. Steve Jacobs) and Mad Bastards (dir. Brendan Fletcher) which screened at Sundance 2011. Steve also shot the comedy drama Separation City (starring Joel Edgerton), A Cold Summer and Terra Nova (all dir. Paul Middleditch) all of which were ACS Award winners for Cinematography, and Turning April (dir. Geoff Bennett) for which he won the ACS Award of Distinction.

American genre features include ManThing (Marvel Entertainment) and Highlander V (Lionsgate Studios) both directed by Brett Leonard as well as Leonards cult favourite Feed, and Mr Accident (United Artists) directed by Yahoo Serious. Steve has also shot 2 Unit/Additional photography and operated on several international films in the region, including Anna and the King (20th Century Fox, starring Jodie Foster) and The Water Diviner (dir: Russel Crowe). In Television Steve has shot many dramas, mini-series and telemovies including the multiple AFI Award-winning Day of the Roses (dir. Peter Fisk) detailing the tragic Granville Train Disaster.

Additionally he has shot hundreds of Television Commercials and Music Videos, as well as the feature documentaries, AFI Award winning, Not Fourteen Again (dir. Gillian Armstrong), John Pilgers The Secret Country and Mark Lewiss quirky Emmy Award-winning film The Natural History of the Chicken, for which Steve garnered an Emmy nomination for Cinematography.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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