Presenter Profile

Michael Hartzog

Guest Artist, Filmmaker

I grew up an artist; drawing, painting, sculpting, and anything I could get my hands on. Being the youngest of three, I was extremely shy and found solace in art. I was introduced to video as an art medium when Video 8 camcorders hit the market. From there I was completely consumed by everything filmmaking. Lighting, shooting, directing and writing. I’ve now been in the film/video field for over 20 years. I have of course upgraded my camera and gear since then. Most of my experience and knowledge is hands on. I’ve worked on features, shorts, docs, commercials, by way of freelance, corporate, and startup companies. I have held many positions in the film world, but my current position is “Video Specialist” in the creative department at Sphero. That means anything and everything film/video related. Shooting, editing, commercials, tutorials, social media, etc. It’s a great big world out there and I crave to record it!

Michael's Workshops


    Film Lighting: Natural, practical, or fabricated

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    So you shot a film. Acting was great, camera was great, audio was amazing, but the lighting... Well... We should talk.

    Sometimes lighting seems like a necessary "evil" you have to contend with. Many small film crews would rather not have to deal with it; "Just open the iris and let's go!" The funny thing is, it doesn't have to take long, it doesn't have to be complicated, and it doesn't have to be expensive. BUT, like every other aspect of your film, IT IS IMPORTANT. For many filmmakers, lighting becomes a major signature.

    In this workshop we'll explore the wonderful world of cinematic lighting. We'll go through big budgets, small budgets, lighting terms, techniques, crew titles... We'll go through tips on lighting quickly for small budgets and little time, as well as bigger budgets with more time. My hope is to give you the tools you need to confidently light, stylize and create a look for your film.