Still Photographer on Set

Capture the essence of script and characters as you learn the secrets of still photography for film editorials and advertising

© Universal, Hopper Stone, SMPSPThis workshop is an opportunity to learn the skills needed to work as a photographer on the set of a feature film or television program. Your job, in such a case, is to create images for editorial and advertisement promotion; to collaborate wth artists and producers; to work successfully in demanding, high-pressure atmospheres, and to be a winning competitor in an incredibly competitive field.

Students explore the world of television and feature film still photography as a career. Through lectures, demonstrations, and daily practice within Maine Media film sets, they will learn what is required. Hayes covers set etiquette and procedures, equipment, and especially the attitudes necessary to work with creativity and success. He discusses the business and methods of gaining involvement, union requirements, studio and editorial needs, and social tactics needed to develop professional relationships with the film crews. 

Students photograph scenes, the actors, the crews, and most importantly, those moments which capture the essence of the script and gain insight into a character or the filmmakers at work. Participants leave with new images for their portfolios and an understanding of the requirements of working professionally on film sets.

Set photography is now a digital medium. Students are to bring digital SLR equipment and a basic knowledge of digital technology.

Instructors

Kerry Hayes

Kerry Hayes is a photographer with over 30 years of experience working on feature film sets. He has been the still photographer on more than 70 films, including: The Proposal, Devil, X Men 3, Take the Lead, The Day After Tomorrow, Changing Lanes, Nobody's Fool, Legends of the Fall, Broadcast News and The Witches of Eastwick. Kerry's portraits of films leading personalities appear throughout the industry in magazine, posters and in promotional material for the films themselves. Kerry is a member of the Camera Union (IATSE), Locals 600 (USA) and 667 (Canada), as well as the only Canadian Member of the SMPSP (Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers). He presently lives in Toronto.