Explore how to shoot cinematic stories and learn how to get the most out of your footage in the edit room.

Sep 23, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $375
Workshop Duration: Saturday & Sunday (1-5pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This course will be in a Live, Online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Saturday and Sunday, Sep 23-24 from 1-5pm ET.

This 2-day course is for emerging documentary filmmakers and video professionals who want to explore the growing possibilities of shooting non-fiction stories with today’s most accessible, and increasingly capable, digital cinema cameras and learn the best practices for editing non-fiction projects to get the most out of your footage.

Image Credit: Alexis Mpaka

The workshop will start with a technical overview of the latest DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, discussing the best settings, functions, and capabilities. It will then move on to discuss aesthetic considerations of shooting and editing including, composition, shot design, camera movement, and lens selection, as well as digital workflow, pulling selects, assembling sequences, and organizing your footage to work efficiently to tell a story in the editing phase.

We will screen scenes from successful, visually-based, nonfiction pieces. Shooting scenarios we will discuss include talking head interviews, vérité situations, as well as designed, cinematic shots. 

Upon leaving the course, students will have gained new confidence in shooting and editing non-fiction projects.

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David Martinez

Instructor: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer originally from Puerto Rico. He is better known for his cinematic approach to visual storytelling through reactive camera work.

Since completing the Cinematography Intensive program at Maine Media Workshops in 2014, David has been working as a cinematographer and colorist on a wide variety of projects. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the post-production department, has given him a great perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling.

As a media producer, his clients include The New York Times, United Nations, Universal Music, Warner Music, McKinsey & Company, and Volvo. David has been teaching workshops at Maine Media since 2016 and he also conducted a series of lighting workshops for Pixar Animation Studios in 2022.