Develop cinematic techniques to capture fluid motion and dynamic scene coverage.

This course covers the creative use of the camera in dramatic film and television production, and includes the artistic and technical responsibilities of the Director of Photography. The course explores shot design, camera technique, point-of-view, aspect ratio, lens selection, and scene coverage for multi-camera shoots. Students will also gain insight to the working relationship between the Director of Photography and the crew.  

Through lectures and hands-on production of reality-based, documentary and narrative scenarios; students come to understand the requirements for shooting in the field. Learn to prepare for shoots to provide the best camera coverage to ensure that the final edit is smooth.  

Every shoot is multi-camera in this intense workshop. Students work side by side using identical set ups, including Sony F55s, custom handheld rigs, Canon compact zooms and industry sponsored cine primes, on a different location almost every day. Students are expected to shoot on their toes and protect each others' back as a series of unknown elements are designed to surprise them while in action. 

This workshop tests students on their technical and creative skills as filmmakers. Students review their dailies to study growth during this highly active workshop.  


Zach Zamboni

Raised in Maine, Zach studied Philosophy, Writing, and Cinematography at the University of Maine at Orono, The University of East Anglia in the UK, and Maine Media Workshops. Before shooting, he learned the art and craft of lighting as an electrician and gaffer in New York’s independent feature and commercial world. 
As a Cinematographer, Zach has spent years working in every corner of the globe. Over 10,000 hours of international camera work have given him a rare perspective on the world and its peoples, cultures, and landscapes. Stylistically, he works to bring cinema into the real world, and the real world into cinema.

Zach has won 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, and earned 5 Nominations for Non-Fiction Cinematography.  His series, Parts Unknown, has won the Peabody Award.

Best known for his work on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, and No Reservations, Zach has shot over a hundred episodes of international television.  His unique eye and experience is sought by Television, Doc, Commercial, and Feature Film clients.


Course Dates

Sep 3 to Sep 9



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