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 and 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, pools, boats, and ice fields
  • Truck stowage, preventive driving, and practice
  • Safety code for camera car
  • Real-life scenario

Mandatory basic course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic course that takes place in the first 3 weeks of all training programs:

  • History of Quebec cinema
  • Presentation of key departments associated with a production
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork, interacting between departments and hierarchy
  • Understanding Direction and Production documents
  • The producer’s role and relationship with his technical team
  • The Actor’s role and relationship with the technical team
  • Presentation of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to the union – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • Personal finance
  • Awareness regarding the impact of shooting on location and its environment
  • Ecology: How to be green on sets
  • First Aid Training
  • Hazardous Products and WHMIS
  • Occupational Health and Safety on sets
  • Sanitary measures and the pandemic
  • Prevention of physical and psychological harassment
  • Criminal and Penal Responsibilities (Bill C-21)
  • Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles (Bill 430)
  • Transportation Policies
  • Individual responsibility and rental equipment
  • Masterclass conference, open to the public