Next FMPTA Meeting Featuring Lighting Presentation
(released 5/10/2005)

"Light is the paint of the video artist"

An essential element in producing a visually interesting image of any kind is the creative use of light. Lighting a person will be discussed and demonstrated using a volunteer actor from our studio audience and by utilizing actual field production lighting. The effect and use of various types of lighting instruments and techniques will be demonstrated including inexpensive shortcuts. While this program will appeal to gaffers and any other crew in the lighting department, any director or camera operator who aspires to shoot their own project some day will not want to miss these valuable tips that will be given out! Of course all other crew are welcome and encouraged to attend as well as any professional actors who wants to learn more about how light can make them look better in front of the camera and how lighting can affect their character and the mood of any scene. Hosting this special program will be Bill Williams who is the owner of A Cut Above Video Productions, Inc.

Bill Williams began his film making career at age 12 with the 3 minute cult hit "Backwards Stuff" (it was a very small cult and very small hit). As a teenager Bill made several amateur movies and was heavily involved with lighting and behind the scenes theater activity in high school. After a seventeen year intermission to pursue an aerospace engineering career, this 'Rocket Scientist' again followed his childhood dream into video production with the formation of A Cut Above Video Productions in 1988. Under Bill's direction, A Cut Above Video Productions has focused on industrial video and advertising, though there has been the occasional documentary and entertainment production. Bill hosted this special presentation for FMPTA's Space Coast chapter just last month and it was such a hit for crew and talent that he was asked to share his special program with the Orlando chapter!

This interesting program will be held on Monday, May 16th at the Downtown Media Arts Center (DMAC) located at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801. DMAC is located in the green two story building on the corner of Pine Street and Magnolia Avenue. For more info and directions visit: There are usually plenty of free parking spaces on the street after 6pm or convenient garage parking is also available.

FMPTA's famous networking hour starts at 6:30 pm; the meeting officially kicks off at 7:30 pm. FMPTA members are admitted for free, guests for $10 and students and members of reciprocal organization for just $5. For more information on next Monday's program, visit our web site at or call Scott at (407) 629-7268.

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