Become a Cinematic Lighting Hero
and Start Making Films that Matter
Are you struggling to create cinematic lighting that tells a story?
ENROLMENT IS NOW CLOSED. TO GET ON THE WAITLIST SIGN UP BELOW.
Instead of breaking out into a cold sweat every time you think about lighting a new film or video project, you could be sailing through your pre-production. If you're a solo filmmaker or content creator, creating lighting looks that elevate your stories and grab your viewers by the eyeballs IS within reach.
I used to feel completed confused and flustered when I approached lighting a film or video scene. But then I came up with a system for breaking down lighting stories consistently. Now, I'd love to share what I've learned with you!
It's time for you to become a cinematic lighting hero.
Grab 'em by the eyeballs!
Do any of these lighting and filmmaking struggles sound like you?
If your lighting is falling flat you're not alone! Do any of these things sound familiar?
PROCRASTINATION: When you start planning a film or video, lighting is the thing you leave to the veeeery end. You're just not sure how to create a solid plan.
TIME: Or maybe you spend futile hours trying to come up with a lighting plan. You're stuck looking at gear rentals and Amazon, but you're not sure how to take action.
MONEY: You want your films to tell a visually compelling story, but you don't want to spend $10,000 on a single light. What can you do to start?
BUSY LIFE: You know there are rules and guides that could save you time, but you're too busy to read 500-page books on lighting theory and do tons of trial and error for a year. You want to become a lighting hero fast.
if your lighting is falling flat, you're not alonE.
One of the first things you taught me was to pay attention to light around me in my daily life.
Even though this seems obvious now, I wasn't doing it at the time. And this led me to think about how I could recreate the same lighting effects in my filmmaking, to create specific moods or effects.
In fact, every single filmmaker who sticks with it has some major hero's journey related to lighting. We all start out completely confused by lighting and struggle to create films that are cohesive and visually arresting. For many filmmakers and video creators it takes YEARS to learn how to light. But good news: you can do it much faster.
after years of trial and error, I created a system that allowed me to create better lighting and better films without breaking the bank on gear.
• The qualities of light that will transform your footage even if you don't have ANY gear at all
•The NUMBER ONE rule of lighting every filmmaker must know
•Why black and white actually matter in filmmaking and lighting
•How to get perfect skin tones no matter what lighting you're dealing with
•How you need to think about lighting so you can actually prevent major problems
•The main ways to shape hard light sources so any light can bend to your creative will!
•Why this one main lighting technique is where you need to put 90% of your attention
•The 3 main ways to modify light whether you're using gear or sunlight
•The real secret behind 3 point lighting and how you can switch it up
•How to place your light to get the shadows you want
•The best way to light your shots if you want to create drama and depth
•The lighting rule almost every single beginner breaks
•How to shoot a two-shot the right way
•The tools and techniques you need to light with confidence
•What bulbs you need to use and which should be totally banished from your toolkit
•All the main light modifiers for solo filmmakers and a few crew-based tools too
•How to deal with tricky mixed light situations
•How to think about contrast ratios without confusing the heck out of yourself
•What to do for every single shoot so that you get the footage you need
•How to approach a shoot even if you're on a tight budget
•The number one thing you need to think about when designing your lighting
•How the hell you should approach lighting design
•The exact steps to follow to successfully create stunning images every time
Finally develop a skillset that will allow you to create films you love.
How does this sound?
Create work that tells a story and attracts and audience.
Have a skillset that will allow you to charge more for your work.
Prevent hundreds of wasted hours online trying to figure this out alone.
Blow this lid off your creativity while also giving you a competitive edge.
6 live calls to answer all your question and get coaching and mentorship.
5 modules with video lessons that show you the techniques and tools you need to get started. Yours for LIFE.
Carefully crafted assignments and feedback loop to help you solidify your learning and gain skill!
All calls at 5 p.m. PST || 8 p.m. EST
Meet and Prep - SUNDAY, Sept 26
Lesson 1 Call - THURSDAY, Sept 30
Lesson 2 Call - THURSDAY, Oct 7
Lesson 3 Call - THURSDAY, Oct 14
Lesson 4 Call - THURSDAY, Oct 21
Lesson 5 Call - THURSDAY, Oct 28
The live community where you can ask questions and share work opens on Sunday September 26th. The community space will be open until November 6th.
A new lesson will be released each week starting on October 7th. You'll have immediate access to the first lesson of the course upon enrolment in the program. There are five modules. You will receive the final lesson on October 28th.
Let's get you started!
"A fresh take on the subject"
Your 5 tips to lighting was a fresh take on the subject. I've seen the 3-point lighting setup as the 'standard' go-to when starting out. However, some of your other tips, such as the 'butterfly light' aren't something I usually see. So, I like that you're approaching it from a different perspective and not just a canned, regurgitated one. Thanks!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Love your approach"
Love the way you approach talking about filmmaking from your own personal experiences & use them as a teaching tool.
"Simple and powerful advice"
Your piece on the use of shadows in lighting a scene was one of the most simple and powerful pieces of advice I’ve read about filmmaking. I’m already looking at films I watch with different eyes. Such a gem piece of info!
This course was a real confidence booster for me personally. I feel confident in my ability to tell stories and feel I’m on a good path to learn more about this process, and to become more technically capable in film production and editing.
Having a few finished films I can now show people has already led to some interesting projects people are proposing… volunteer so far, but that is a good start. Before the summer I was all talk and no show!
Your course is very well thought out and it is obvious you have put a lot of time, creative thinking, and content development into making it effective for learners. Your skill at giving feedback is outstanding…I work in HR and I think you could offer courses in that skill as well! I really appreciated your responsiveness to my many questions, and how you added new content to the course along the way if something new emerged that would be helpful to me and others.
You have a real gift for coaching emerging filmmakers like myself and I would highly recommend your program to anyone looking to start (or improve) their solo filmmaking capabilities. I’m so thankful I found you on the internet and am very appreciative of all your help, guidance, and encouragement over the past several months!
[Feedback from the Epic Journey Solo Filmmaking Course]
STUDENT FEEDBACK FROM STORY ENVELOPE ACADEMY COURSES
Boost your filmmaking
Colin Field, Ontario
This is the very first time this course has been offered in this way. You'll be the first ever student to go through this course which is why there's so much additional coaching and training. This course won't be offered like this again for this price. So I recommend joining this time round if you're keen on improving your lighting skillset, making films that attract an audience, and getting mentorship and coaching along the way.
I'm Colette, your lighting coach!
I freaking LOVE helping people become better filmmakers and pursue their filmmaker dreams. And I extra love helping beginners and early-stage filmmakers get super good at their chosen skillset. If you want to get heartfelt feedback that's both strategic and skill-building, you are in the right place. My goal is always to ensure your growth and motivation are given equal weight. I've been a teacher since 2008, and I love helping people to learn, particularly creatives with big dreams. :)
One of the things I hear over and over again from my student is how useful the feedback and coaching loop is.
Why does it help so much?
Because I'm extremely invested in your success and pay close attention to your strengths and areas of improvement.
The feedback you'll get on your assignments and the access you get to have all your questions answered is unlike any training you'll find elsewhere. This is a unique experience that combines lighting, coaching and mentorship.
And it is particularly well-suited to people who want to make films as solo filmmakers or with very small crews.
The Happy Filmmaker Guarantee has two parts.
Get a full refund within 7 days of purchase if you change your mind.
OR if you do the full course and all the assignments and you don't think it was worth every single darn penny, then send me your assignments within 365 days of purchase and you'll get a full refund. No questions asked. That's it. Simple. Your happiness is my priority.
Absolutely not. In fact if you have zero gear you'll be able to do all assignments with natural light.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! This is designed for early-stage and beginner filmmakers. If you're new to this learning lighting now is a huge benefit.
Well, yes and no. You can absolutely do that. But it will take longer to gain the skillset without the foundational training.
When you learn the fundamentals you can light in any style and create any look you want.
From 1-3 hours per week depending on your personal approach as a learner.
They will be specifically focused on having you practice techniques that are essential to master. They won't be hard. They will be strategic.
You have a 7 day guarantee. No questions asked. And after that you can submit your work to get a full refund at any time within 365 days of purchase.
Sure will! Somebody on your small crew must know how to light if you want your films to look amazing!
Well, you made it to the end of this long info page. Well done! If you got this far, I think this is for you. Good training and coaching is invaluable and hard to find, and if you're interested in growing your skillset, this course is for you.