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

This workshop 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, Look-Up Tables (LUTs), tools of color correction, 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 also learn about shot and sequence design through script interpretation, assessing story content, scene coverage, blocking, camera movement, perspective, lens selection,  and eyelines.

Students will shoot on RED Epic and Canon C-series digital cinema cameras. It is recommended that students take the Digital Cinematography workshop first.


Alice Brooks

Since graduating from USC School of Cinematic Arts, Alice Brooks has photographed award-winning features, music videos, and commercials. She is best known for her dramatic lighting and powerful camera movement on Paramount’s dance themed web series The LXD and Hulu’s Tainted Love (Orlando Jones and Eric Roberts). Ad Age described The LXD as “by a wide margin, the most beautifully filmed, elaborately staged web series in the history of the medium.”

She recently shot Universal Studios’ and Hasbro’s Jem and the Holograms, directed by Jon M. Chu, and starring Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, and Aubrey Peeples of ABC’s Nashville. The film opens nationwide on October 23, 2015. Alice also recently completed horror movie Remorse, directed by Quinn Saunders, and the documentary Sweethearts of the Gridiron: An American Story,
which chronicles the history of the Texas Rangerettes, the nation’s first female cheerleaders.

Brooks is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. She has been featured in American Cinematographer magazine. Highlights of her previous work include official selections and premieres at film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival (Roots in Water, directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese), Cannes Film Festival (The Bake Shop Ghost) and Sundance Film Festival (Pretty Dead Girl). Other past films such as One Fall and American Flyer (Showtime) can be seen on Netflix. She has also 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.

Currently she is working on the independent comedy Girl Flu directed by Dorie Barton and starring Katee Sackhoff and Jeremy Sisto.

Brooks is represented by Jonathan Silverman and Dana Salston at Global Artists Agency.


Course Dates

Oct 15 to Oct 21



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