Master digital cameras used on feature films and TV productions in this hands-on workshop

Photo by Ian BibbyAn increasing number of productions are choosing digital cameras as their preferred format. This class is for cinematographers, video professionals, and directors of photography who want to explore the creative potential and technical options of the latest digital cameras, while blending traditional filmmaking techniques with the latest digital technology.

Students learn visual perception, optics, sensitometry, gamma curves, exposure meters, the Zone System, exposure latitude and depth-of-field,  test frame rates, shutter speeds and angles, and progressive versus interlaced using cameras from a variety of manufacturers.

Control of the image through on-board menus, filtration, lighting, and exposure is a focus of this class. Students set up cameras, use waveform monitors, vector scopes, and light meters and learn about script interpretation, story content, scene coverage, blocking, camera movement, perspective, lens selection, and eyelines. Footage is critiqued daily. It is recommended that students take the Digital Cinematography workshop first.


Workshop sponsored by:


Alice Brooks

Since graduating from USC School of Cinematic Arts, Alice Brooks has photographed award-winning features, music videos, and commercials. Her films have premiered theatrically, on video, and at festivals around the world. She has worked on music videos including Justin Bieber's Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, which was shot in 3D and can be seen at the beginning of Sony Picture’s Arthur Christmas. Alice recently worked with director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3D) on Paramount’s The LXD: Legion of Extraordinary DancersThe LXD is one of the most ambitious web series ever produced and was consistently ranked in the top ten on every week. She is also shooting a new series Tainted Love (starring Orlando Jones, and Eric Roberts) which premieresdon Machinima on May 6thHighlights of her previous work includes the award-winning Mulligans and official selections at Tribeca Film Festival, Roots in Water, (director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese) and Cannes Film Festival The Bake Shop Ghost (director Lorette Bayle) and 14 Minutes (director Elise Plakke). Past films such as One Fall and American Flyer (Showtime) can be seen on DVD and Netflix. She most recently wrapped a horror movie, Remorse,  which filmed outside of Philadelphia and a feature length documentary, Sweethearts of the Gridiron, which filmed in Texas.