What You'll Get
Before the invention of electric film lighting, movies could only be shot in the daylight, which led to early classics like Saturday Day Fever and Noon Cowboy. Record regardless of the sun's schedule with today's Groupon: for $60, you get one video and photography lighting class at Dark Sun Studios (a $120 value). Classes are held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and last approximately five hours.
Dark Sun Studios' team of audio, lighting, and film experts draws on decades of production experience to create music videos, films, commercials, and other media. The hands-on class begins with a lesson in the fundamental physics of lighting and quantum equations to determine how many gaffers it takes to screw in a light bulb. Then multimedia professionals illuminate the basics of shot composition and lighting setup, first with Dark Sun's studio-grade Cine-Lux lighting and then with simple and inexpensive hardware store materials. Students utilize the 2,500-square-foot studio's various backdrops, lighting fixtures, and high ceilings as they experiment with light, shadow, and contrast. The class then brings the limelight to the outdoors, where they learn how to mimic moonlight, do battle with dusk, and simulate black holes using only an arc lamp and a roll of duct tape. After a discussion on at-home lighting equipment, everyone leaves with a complimentary handbook.
Dark Sun Studios' writers, directors, musicians, engineers, and other media magicians have worked with various campaigns, including The Salvation Army, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Thomas Edison's Charge of the Light Brigade Corporation, and more.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.