Electric Department Certification Course

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  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 23 lesson series
  • Certificate of completion
  • 7 hours, 25 minutes of video
  • Industry-Leading Instructors



The electric department on a television show or movie is responsible for setting up and creating light, running and managing power throughout the set, and coordinating rigging with the grip department. Run by the gaffer and reporting to the cinematographer, the electric department lights the actors and the set to invoke an emotional response in the audience.

In this comprehensive online course, Hollywood cinematographers, gaffers, and electricians guide you through the skills and techniques required to work in the electric department on a movie set. You will learn:

  • The hierarchy of the electric department
  • The duties and responsibilities of the gaffer, best boy electric, and electricians from the moment they receive a call for a job until the production wraps
  • The various types of light fixtures, including Tungsten, HMI, fluorescent, and LED
  • Professional lighting techniques on set
  • How to work with lights of varying color temperatures
  • How to light the human face
  • Key light and advanced lighting techniques
  • How to use lighting stands
  • Lighting equipment safety
  • Electrical safety training

We partnered with leading Hollywood companies and professionals to produce this course, including:

  • Arri
  • Kino-Flo
  • Matthews Studio Equipment

Your course instructors include:

David Stump, ASC Academy Award and Emmy-winning cinematographer,
"A Quantum of Solace", "Flight Plan", "Fantastic Four", and “X-Men"

Dan Riffel, Gaffer
"Iron Man", "G.I. Joe," "Hancock," "Spiderman 3," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Charlie's Angels

Blain Brown Cinematographer, Author, "Cinematography: Theory and Practice" and "Motion Picture and Video Lighting"

Harry C. Box Camera Operator,
"Heroes," "Brothers and Sisters," and Author of "The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook"

John Gresch Vice President, ARRI Inc.'s Lighting Division

Ed Joyce, Gaffer
"Sea Rescue," "Uncanny," "Foursome," "Making Movies"

Rick Taylor, Camera Department
"Ghostbusters," "On the Lot"

Mike Uva, Key Grip, Author of "Uva's Grip Book"



The lessons