Explore the benefits and challenges of using HDSLRs to achieve a professional-quality cinematic look

Digital SLR cameras that shoot HD video (HDSLRs) are becoming a popular tool for filmmakers and photographers. HDSLRs have revolutionized the film production world, offering a relatively low-cost way to achieve the cinematic look previously only available in higher-end cameras. This hands-on workshop highlights the benefits of HDSLRs and addresses the challenges and limitations of working with this rapidly evolving technology to achieve professional-quality images.

This workshop covers the technical aspects of working with HDSLR cameras such as menu settings, image monitoring, still and cine lens options, filters, exposure control,  cine-style accessories, camera support, data management and workflow. Visual aesthetics are discussed with regard to composition, depth-of-field, shot design, camera movement, and lighting. 

Students shoot short projects and exercises to become familiar with the equipment and practice the art of developing a visual narrative. It is recommended that students take Digital Cinematography or an intermediate photography class prior to this course.


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 hulu.com 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.

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Course Dates

Sep 7 to Sep 13



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