Lighting technician course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions

Lighting technician

The lighting technician is responsible for lighting the set. They work under the supervision of the director of photography or, if applicable, the chief lighting technician.

More specifically, the lighting technician performs, non-exclusively, most or all of the following tasks:

  • determines the equipment needed for lighting and ensures the procurement of said equipment, all while respecting the financial parameters set by the producer;
  • moves, installs, and removes the equipment necessary for set lighting, ensuring their proper functioning during recording;
  • positions, adjusts, filters, colors, diffuses, etc., the lighting to achieve the required intensity levels to create shadow and light areas faithful to the director’s vision and the needs of the script.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender has been adopted for ease of reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • What is the job of a lighting technician?
  • Electricity: Preliminary concepts
  • Electricity: Distribution network
  • Electricity: Control network
  • Electricity: Practical application
  • Lighting: Preliminary concepts
  • Lighting: Types of lamps
  • Lighting: lighting solutions
  • Lighting: Control system
  • Crane/ aerial work platform/ camera car installation
  • Set installation visit
  • Preparation and management work
  • Working at heights
  • Safe use of a telescopic forklift
  • Safe use of aerial work platforms
  • Safe use of a forklift
  • Working with water. Rain, pool, boat, and ice field
  • Truck stowage, preventive driving, and practice
  • Safety code – camera car
  • Real-life scenarios

Mandatory basic general course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic general course for all training:

  • “Masterclass” type conference for everyone
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork / Interaction with other departments / Hierarchy
  • Understanding of hazardous products (WHMIS)
  • Occupational health and safety. Ergonomics advice/Thermal control (cold and hot). Fire zone (fires, propane, gas). Fire line-corridor
  • Criminal and penal responsibilities
  • New sanitary measures (COVID).
  • Physical and psychological harassment
  • Law on driving heavy vehicles (law 430)
  • Stowing (general), SAAQ road code.
  • Transportation Policies-Drugs, Alcohol, tickets, fines. ATV-Golf cart
  • Awareness of residents and the unpredictables of locations-Impact on shooting locations-living environment
  • Understanding of direction and production documents
  • Understand the chain of all departments associated with a production
  • Application of green sets
  • Equipment responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to associative life – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • What is a producer? Role in production and interaction with the technical team
  • Relationship between the actor’s profession and technicians
  • Personal finance