Class Catalog

Electricity/Power
Class Description
480V Power Systems

480V power systems are common on our stages and sets and have many benefits as well as hazards. This class will instruct you on what you need to know to plan, rig, and use 480V Power Systems safely and effectively on set.

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Battery Technology

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Electrical Power Lab 101

The Electrical Power Lab class will go in depth into the world of portable power distribution systems. Using the equipment that we use of set, we will examine the practical influences that electrical theory has on our work.

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Electricity 101

This class which will cover the basics of Electrical Theory for the Set Lighting Technician. We will cover conductors, insulators, electromagnetism, AC & DC power generation, transformers, parallel; series circuits, overcurrent protection, Ohm's Law, and more.

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Electricity 101B-Electrical Calculations

Our Electricity 101B - Calculations class focuses entirely on solving difficult real-world problems using electrical calculations. This is an excellent way to flex your mental muscle and figure out how to make electricity work for you.

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Electricity 201

Complex power systems using LED, Moving Light, and Dimming Technology can have significant advanced power issues. This course will draw on experiences from our Rigging Gaffers to illustrate why these problems occur, when to expect them, and how to avoid them.

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Rigging For Wet Locations

This class will focus on safely and effectively rigging & operating your electrical system in, and in the vicinity of water. By using real-life scenarios, we will be discussing how to avoid the pitfalls and problems of working around water, including using a tiered GFCI system.

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CAD/Previsualization
Class Description
Advanced Rendering and Lighting Techniques for Vectorworks

In addition to simple plotting and 2D/3D modeling, Vectorworks is capable of photo-realistic renderings which can help sell lighting concepts to directors, cinematographers and clients.

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Plotting, Visualization, and Archive

This class incorporates our Previs Seminar with an overview of how to effectively use Lighting Plots, Maps, and Archive Drawings.

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Vectorworks Spotlight (4 day Class)

Vectorworks Spotlight is a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) drawing program specifically designed for the Entertainment Lighting industry.

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Advanced

The Advanced Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will provide ongoing opportunities for current Vecto

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Basic

The Basic Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will consist of a section of instruction on particular aspects of the program appropriate for users new to the program.

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Intermediate

The Intermediate Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will provide ongoing opportunities for Vectorwor

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DMX & Network Protocols
Class Description
ArtNet/Streaming ACN (Lab)

ArtNet and Streaming-ACN are DMX control protocols that work over TCP/IP. Most newer consoles and advanced lighting equipment are using these protocols to ensure control reliability.

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ArtNet/Streaming ACN/RDM (Lab)

ArtNet and Streaming-ACN are DMX control protocols that work over TCP/IP. Most newer consoles and advanced lighting equipment are using these protocols to ensure control reliability.

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DMX Networking 101

Our sets are becoming more and more dependent on large and complex Lighting Control Systems. Individual control of over 1000 different lights is becoming common. These complex lighting control systems can save hours of set up time each day when they are installed and managed properly.

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Ethernet for Lighting Control (Lab)

This class provides advanced instruction beyond the Ethernet Protocols 101A classes using lighting equipment found on set, as well as routers, wireless access points, and switches that are available for personal use.

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Ethernet Protocols 101

Lighting consoles are becoming more advanced and controlling thousands of channels is common. Many of these consoles (such as Hog III, EOS, GrandMA) are relying on Ethernet protocols for transmitting the information required to operate dimmers, moving lights and other devices.

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Remote Device Management (RDM)

RDM (Remote Device Management) allows compatible devices to communicate over existing DMX equipment to provide two-way communications for configuration, monitoring and system setup.RDM will allow the programmer to discover, configure, and monitor any RDM-enabled device from the lighting console.

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Wireless DMX

Wireless DMX can be a show saver when the situation calls for it and can save you and your crew significant amounts of time.

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Balloon Lighting
Class Description
Balloon Lighting Technician - Cloud

Cloud balloons used for both lighting and diffusion are becoming more common and we often find ourselves filling, rigging, and working these balloons with our Local 80 Brothers and Sisters.

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Balloon Lighting Technician 101

Balloon Lighting Technicians are in demand and this class will give you the hands-on training to familiarize yourself with the function and operation of Lighting Balloons.

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Balloon Lighting Technician 201

Balloon Lighting Technicians are in demand and this class will give you the hands-on training to familiarize yourself with the function and operation of Lighting Balloons.

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Specialized
Class Description
Best Boy Seminar

This seminar will give you the knowledge and skills to improve your skills as a best boy, with tips, tricks and advice from seasoned professionals.

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Followspot Operation

Followspot operation is a skill that takes very specific and precise training in order to perform seamlessly. In terms of what is seen on camera, followspot operation is perhaps the most unforgiving when it comes to mistakes.

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HMI Lighting Technician

HMI Lights are used commonly on set but there is much more to using them than plugging them in and striking the lamp.

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HMI Technician: Ballast Function

This class will focus on the advanced aspects of HMI lights with a special emphasis on function, operation, and troubleshooting of HMI ballasts.<We will also cover basic maintenance tasks that will keep your lights functioning on location or under extreme conditions.This class will focus on th

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Soldering Lab 101

LED Assembly Technicians require top level soldering skills and the only way to get and maintain them is by doing the work.

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Soldering Lab 201

This hands-on class will give you the opportunity to make your mistakes and sharpen your skills in a no-consequences environment under the guidance of experienced solder technicians.

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Other
Class Description
Body Maintenance & Injury Prevention Seminar

Taking care of your health and body is the single most important thing you can do for a successful life and career. If you are experiencing chronic pain or injury, this is something you cannot put off any longer.

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ETCP Study Group

Interested in becoming ETCP Certified?

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Dimming Technology
Class Description
Dimming Technology 101

Dimmers are an essential part of our electrical distribution systems with many of our sets and stages routinely having several hundred. Technology is constantly evolving to include forward-phase, reverse-phase, and sine wave dimming technology.

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Dimming Technology 201

This class follows up on the basic dimmer information given in the DImming 101B class with particular emphasis placed on using the options in the control modules. This will give the dimmer technician a wide variety of options on how to install, manage, and monitor the dimming system.

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Lighting Consoles & Media Servers
Class Description
EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) 2 Day Class

The EOS/GIO/ION Lighting Console system have replaced the popular Expression system. One of the benefits of learning this system is that the EOS/GIO/ION consoles use a similar programming syntax.

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EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) 3 Day Class

ION Lighting Consoles are part of the ETC EOS Family of Lighting Controllers. These consoles are used to program everything from basic dimming systems on multicamera shows to high profile live television shows with extensive moving light rigs.

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EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) 4 Day Class

ION Lighting Consoles are part of the ETC EOS Family of Lighting Controllers. These consoles are used to program everything from basic dimming systems on multicamera shows to high profile live television shows with extensive moving light rigs.

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EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) Expert Topics

This is an advanced level class focusing on expert level topics including effects and pixel mapping. This class is intended for people with a good deal of experience on the ION or who complete the 3-Day class.

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GrandMA 2 Lighting Console Programming

This two-day class is for members with programming experience who would like to broaden their capabilities by learning the GrandMA 2 Lighting Console. You must have a solid understanding of DMX Networking, previous programming experience, and a knowledge of TCP/IP protocol.

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Lighting Console Programming 101

Lighting Console Programming is a job that requires more than just technical skill.

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Pixelmapping & Media Servers

This class will be an introduction to pixel mapping and media servers using the EOS Series and GrandMA platforms. This hands-on class will familiarize you with the basics of using pixel mapping and media servers.

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Programming and Networking Workflow (2 Day Class)

It used to be that lighting a set was all about manual focus and making adjustments using gels and scrim. Today, it’s increasingly about building a control network and programming a console.

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Whole Hog 4 Lighting Consoles (2 Day Class)

This two-day course covers the powerful Wholehog Control Software, which is used on the HOG 4 Console, Road Hog 4, Full Boar 4, and Hog 4PC. This hands-on class will use the industry standard Wholehog operating system on all platforms, connected to Light Converse.

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Fixtures
Class Description
Fixture Technician 101A

This class will examine special techniques to wire and make electrical connections to fixtures that are rigged, hung, suspended, and otherwise installed on set.

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Fixture Technician 101B

This class will follow up on the first Fixtures Technician Class. This class will cover advanced wiring techniques, working with fluorescents, non-traditional fixtures, and an introduction into using LEDs in practicals.

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Rigging
Class Description
Knots, Rope, and Traditional Rigging

Proper knot tying is an essential skill for the lighting technician and the most basic skills are often the most easily overlooked. This hands-on class will go into how rope functions, inspection, maintenance, knots, loads, breaking strength, and warning signs of an overloaded system.

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Overhead Rigging: Chain Motors; Truss; and Weight Distribution

Chain motors and truss are becoming common on our sets. While the rigging of chain motors and trussing is frequently performed by Local 80 Grips, we are often hanging tons of lights, cable, and equipment on them.

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Rigging and Electrical Math Workshop

This joint class with IATSE Local 80 will provide training from basic algebra skills through advanced calculations required for both set lighting and grip crews.

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Vehicle Lighting for Non-Traditional Cameras

This course focuses on techniques for safely and effectively rigging lighting systems in vehicles with non-traditional cameras such as the GoPro. This class will cover using portable generators, battery systems, and control systems frequently used on these vehicles.

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Wire Rope Rigging

This joint class with Local 80 explores the use of wire rope for rigging both electrical and grip equipment. Wire rope has many advantages but specialized training is required in order to use it safely and efficiently.

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LED & Digital Lighting Technology
Class Description
LED & Fluorescent Technology Lab

This class will provide instruction on how to plan, assemble, and use specialized dimming technology for LED and fluorescent lighting.

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LED Assembly Technician (2 Day Class)

LED technology has great advantages to our CLTs and fixture technicians. These low voltage, low profile, light sources can be assembled into small spaces and devices where conventional lighting is not possible.

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LED Assembly Technician 101

LED technology has great advantages to our CLTs and fixture technicians. These low voltage, low profile, light sources can be assembled into small spaces and devices where conventional lighting is not possible.

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LED Assembly Technician 201

This class focuses on advancing the skills learned in the LED Assembly Technician 101A class though more focused hands on work. The LED Assembly Technician 101A class or permission of the instructor is required prior to taking this class.

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Underwater Lighting
Class Description
Underwater Lighting I: Dive Skills and Techniques

This class focuses on Lighting Specific Dive Skills that are ESSENTIAL for working underwater. The underwater work of a Lighting Technician is significantly different than what is taught in recreational diving.

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Underwater Lighting II: Equipment & Techniques

This course will instruct the Set Lighting Technician in the use of underwater/wet lighting equipment, GFCIs and associated equipment.Working with equipment underwater has its' own uniques set of challenges that the underwater lighting technician must be familiar with before taking the job.

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Underwater Lighting III: Challenging Environments and Monkey Diving

This class will focus on lighting and working on dressed sets, overhead environments, confined spaces; and otherwise difficult situations. We will be focusing on special techniques such as monkey diving, backplate only, and underwater streamlining.

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IATSE, Local 728
Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians
1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 954-0728
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  800-551-2158
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