BFC Painting With Light Workshop 2024

Embark on a transformative two-week journey into the enchanting world of visual storytelling, where the seamless fusion of Art Direction, Cinematography, and Color Grading awaits. Delve deep into the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of these essential elements as you collaborate with fellow artists to craft a mesmerizing music video clip for Safar, a revered music band celebrated for their unique sound and visionary approach.

Throughout this immersive workshop, you’ll not only gain invaluable insights but also roll up your sleeves and dive into hands-on experience. Together with your peers, you’ll navigate the intricate dance between Art Direction, Cinematography, and Color Grading, discovering how each element intertwines to weave a compelling narrative and evoke powerful emotions.

Uncover the magic of synergy as you explore the symbiotic relationship between these artistic components, learning how subtle nuances in color, composition, and visual style can elevate storytelling to new heights.

Join us on this exhilarating expedition into the heart of visual storytelling, where creativity knows no bounds, and every frame is a canvas brimming with potential. Together, let’s bring to life the captivating music of Safar, infusing their distinct sound with our creative vision and passion for storytelling.


Day 01

    • Color Theory 

    • Video Data


Day 02

  • Basic Color Grading

  • Cinematography


Day 03

  • Cinematography techniques

  • Camera movement and automation


Day 04

  • Lighting

  • Cinergy of Art Direction and Cinematopgraphy



Day 05

  • Art Direction

  • Preparation


Day 06 & 7

  • Shoot

Day 08

      • Optional Editing or break


Day 09 to 12

    • Color Grading

Level: Intermediate to early advanced

Date: July 15 to July 26 (12 Sessions total)

Time: Monday to Friday + Shooting weekend (20 to 21 July), from 11:00 to 17:00. 

Place: Solo Films, Monot, Beirut

Tuition: $700/Person – $550 Early-Bird Registration until June 16


  • Register now, pay on first day of workshops.
  • Register early & benefit from reduced prices
  • Scholarships available: If you plan on applying for a scholarship please do so before registering and wait till we get back to you


Samer Beyhum

Samer Beyhum is a Lebanese-Canadian polymath, excelling as a filmmaker, writer, director, editor, sound engineer, post-production specialist, technician, artist, and vegan chef. With a rich history of socially engaged cinema and a diverse body of work, Samer’s award-winning films tackle pressing social issues with authenticity and depth. His versatile interests extend to innovative pedagogy methods, socially relevant content creation, and the artistry of vegan cooking, embodying a holistic approach to education and ethical living. Through his creative endeavors, Samer inspires audiences worldwide to envision a more compassionate and inclusive future.

Mazen Hashem

Mazen Hachem, a passionate storyteller, was born and raised in Lebanon and attended Detroit Film School. He believes that a picture can tell a thousand words, and he has been a cameraman, director of photography, and editor for 20 years, filming in over 20 countries. Mazen has covered major breaking international news stories, including wars and humanitarian crises. He has worked on feature films, short films, corporate videos, TV commercials, and documentaries for Al Jazeera Network, Discovery Channel, UNICEF, UNHCR, VICE, and MBC. Although he likes to call himself old-school and has filmed on 16mm and 35mm film, he is always up-to-date on the latest technology in the film industry.

Robert Minassian

Robert Minassian, a Lebanese filmmaker of Armenian origins, is a practitioner in the realm of visual storytelling. Recognized for his work as a Production Designer on various Lebanese projects, including short films, music videos, and commercial advertisements, he incorporates diverse cultural influences into his creative endeavors. Embracing a multifaceted approach to storytelling, he has also ventured into the world of play performances, where he integrates set design to craft visually immersive experiences. Through a poetic lens, his films address themes of healing and transformation, inviting audiences to engage with reality from a unique perspective. No matter the medium, his art has always been linked to nature and moments in our everyday life.

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