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Camera position and movement, lens selection, and scene coverage are critical to all forms of narrative storytelling. This one-week workshop is for cinematographers and emerging filmmakers who want to focus on the use of camera in cinematic storytelling. Students learn the cinematic language of shot design, composition, camera placement and movement. The subtle differences in camera operating styles and their effects on the viewer are addressed through exercises and screenings. Classroom lectures cover film dynamics, screen direction, and the role of the camera in visual storytelling. Students work with scripts as they break down scenes, plan scene coverage, and prepare storyboards and shot lists. Working as a professional camera crew, the class blocks and shoots dramatic and action sequences with actors. Dailies are assembled in editing to help the students discover what is and is not working with their coverage and planning. All work is reviewed and critiqued each day by the faculty. Students leave with a working knowledge of scene design and an understanding of the role the camera plays in the filmmaking process.
"My experience here has reawakened my creativity and passion to make my movie."
- JC Chandler, Maryland Heights, MO
"The Workshops is a unique and wonderful place, the experience of learning here feels so natural you don't even know its happening."
- Ed Ballinger, Allentown, PA
"You won't regret your investment in this great class. This is the class that will teach you the grammar of film."
- Wei Zhou, Mountain View, CA
"It was the best workshop I attended this summer. It alters the way you look at films."
- Shirsha Thakurta, Mumbai, India