After 43 successful years as a freelance production professional and at the peak of his career Nino Giannotti has decided that it’s time to begin what he refers to as “phase one” of the natural slowdown process (not to be confused with retirement). With his son Joe taking on more responsibilities and assignments in the family business, Nino is now able to dedicate more of his time sharing the vast knowledge he was fortunate to acquire over the years.
Nicknamed by producers “the problem solver” Nino is an Emmy Award Winning TV photographer and a “first call” freelancer for ESPN and many other prestigious broadcasting networks such as NatGeo, Discovery, BBC, MLB Network, NFL Network, etc. When the show involves someone of importance and any screw ups would spell disaster, Nino is the first name that producers want to take charge. His work can be seen everyday on national television. He is the Director of Photography for successful series and features like “Gruden’s QB Camp”, “Meyer’s Spotlight”, “E-60”, “30 for 30” and many more. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to see first hand and learn how the unique location lighting set-ups on all these successful shows were created.
In the early 90s, along with many of his colleagues Nino was instrumental in creating and refining the ESPN Classic “Sports Century” style of lighting and set creation based on chiaroscuro techniques created by Renaissance artists in the 14th and 15th centuries and one of the most popular techniques on high end film and video projects. The “Sports Century” style of lighting has ever since become a standard of high quality interviews across the industry.
On the corporate and commercial side of the production business Nino has been producing programs for the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and many other corporations as well as smaller businesses.
Nino's educational background includes attending art, photography, cinematography and photojournalism schools in his native Northern Italy. After relocating to the US in 1970, he began his career as a freelance commercial photographer and cinematographer; in the mid eighties he made the shift into television. In the first decade as a freelancer he expanded his skills by regularly attending The New England Institute of professional Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshop as well as attending business schools for marketing and management.
Nino is one of the few professionals in the production business that can work equally well with video and still photography.
There has never been a workshop like this one. To start with, it is not hosted by unknown instructors filled with theories but with very limited field experience like most seminars and workshops are today. The Lighting and Gripping Workshop’s host and instructor Nino Giannotti is an Emmy Award recipient with over 43 successful years of working experience in every area of production. Even at retirement age he is still one of the most sought-after DP/cameramen by major networks as well as commercial clients. As no two assignments are ever alike, Nino will demonstrate the actual set-up process, from planning to completion of basic interviews to the more complex productions he created for national broadcasters. You'll see demonstrations of the equipment used including grips and grids, the special techniques, common problems and solutions. This being a hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to see all the most popular professional lights in action and learn about pros and cons of each type of light. Keep in mind that Nino is not a lighting director or a gaffer, he is a video photographer just like you who realized years ago that in order to be successful in this business being a good photographer is no longer enough, there are thousands of good photographers out there all trying to get any job, some even willing to work for nothing. To earn a living today you have to place yourself above the rest and be capable of doing what your competition can not do. You have to diversify your skill starting with mastering the fine art of lighting and the ability to create something that isn't there.