WFT Podcast: Lighting Masterclass with Aoife Brown and Jaro Waldeck

By 22 November 2023Listen, News & Events

Listen back to this very special masterclass in lighting with WFT Vice-Chair and Board Member Jaro Waldeck, as she’s in conversation with RTÉ Lighting Director Aoife Brown. In this focused discussion, they give critical and technical insight into all things lighting and cinematography and cover the art of visual storytelling in multicamera TV.

This podcast has been released with the support of Screen Ireland’s Stakeholder Fund.

About Aoife Brown

Aoife has over 25 years in television production operations at RTÉ. For the past number of years the majority of her work has been as Lighting Director on ‘Fair City’, Ireland’s longest running drama serial. In 2018, Fair City began shooting in HD. As Lighting Director, she was involved in the technical planning of the project. Her responsibility was also to ensure that all set lighting met the requirements for HD filming and designed set lighting for a new diner set. In 2014, Aoife was the Lighting Director for RTĖ’s first full HD studio production which was studio coverage and analysis of the FIFA World Cup.

About Jaro Waldeck

Jaro Waldeck started her journey in cinematography with undergraduate photography studies in the USA. Soon, she realised she was interested in movement in her images and made the transition to cinematography studies at Columbia College Chicago. She graduated in 2008 and was placed on a coveted internship with Oscar nominated DOP Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Sideways, Walkd the Line, Nebraska, Ford vs. Ferrari) on a movie “W.” which he was shooting for Oliver Stone. After the internship, Jaro moved back home to Prague, Czech Republic, where she pursued further cinematography studies at the world renowned film school Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). She studied under the guidance of accomplished and award winning cinematographers such as Miroslav Ondricek (Amadeus) and Vladimir Smutny (The Painted Bird), and graduated with a Masters Degree in Cinematography in 2011. The following year Jaro moved to Ireland, where she’s worked on short narrative and documentary films, commercial and corporate productions and kept up her photography work alongside it all. She’s also collaborated with some of her former classmates from Columbia College and FAMU on a documentary feature and served as a camera operator on a season of reality television series “Survivor.” Jaro is a member of the Czech Society of Cinematographers, and Vice-Chair and Board Member of Women in Film and TV Ireland. Besides shooting she has also passed on her knowledge through teaching at the English language cinematography department at FAMU, the former Dublin film hub Filmbase, and at Colaiste Dhulaigh in Coolock. She has been nominated five times for her cinematography on short films and turned three of them into wins.