Learn and practice the fundamental techniques of scene coverage and camera movement

Dates:  Aug 19-25, 2018
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $1295
Max Class Size: 18

Additional Dates Offered: Jun 10-16, 2018

This course is for emerging cinematographers and filmmakers looking to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of camera movement and scene coverage. Through a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises, students explore all the tools within the camera to create a consistent look and visual style. These exercises will also break down the best practical use of camera support systems for studio productions, as well as the use of hand-held rigs and 3-axis gimbals. An emphasis will be placed on the motivation for the use of each piece of camera support.

The goal is to cover both the technical aspects of the camera’s role in cinematography, as well as how it relates to the artistic and aesthetic side of capturing emotional cinematic visuals. Following initial lectures and demonstrations, students will participate in exercises in scene coverage, composition, blocking actors, and lighting sets for complex camera moves.

Students will shoot original and adapted scenes, implementing the theory and techniques learned, to fully explore the creative and aesthetic use of the camera in action, and the roles and crew positions needed to execute camera moves. As directors of photography, students will design a storyboard and shot list, with the final edit in mind. Students will learn to communicate with their crew and share their vision, to keep a consistent visual style in composition, lensing, movement, rhythm and pace. 

Dailies will be reviewed in class for critiques. Exercises and scenes will be edited to analyze the effectiveness of scene coverage and the consistency in visual styles.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also Week Two of the 10 Week Cinematography Intensive.

*Formerly “Digital Cinematography“*

Image Credits: David Martinez, Amanda Piela

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Past Student Work:

This course was a great follow up to Basic Cinematography. I can’t wait to get shooting again back home”

– Luke Hudgins, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Maine Media Workshops really created an atmosphere that’s extremely conducive to learning many new skill sets for this industry

– Joel Evens, Franklin, TN

This course really opened my eyes to the world of cinematography and production lighting

– Jason Norris, Hampton, VA

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Instructor: Steven Fierberg, ASC

Steven Fierberg is an award-winning, ASC cinematographer whose work spans both the big and small screens, including lensing the first 25 episodes of Doug Ellin’s hit HBO series, “Entourage,” as well as the Warner Bros feature ‘Entourage’. His most recent work includes Showtime’s Golden Globe Award winner “The Affair,” and Amazon’s series “Good Girls Revolt.” A native of Detroit, Michigan, Fierberg attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar, and spent his senior year in England in an exchange program with Oxford, studying British drama, film and photography. He then plunged into New York’s underworld of graffiti art and punk noir films, working with Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and Paul Bartel. At the same time, he apprenticed for Los Angeles cinematographers Adam Greenberg and Dean Cundey, beginning a pattern of working on both coasts that continues to this day. Fierberg’s movie work has ranged from studio films like “Love & Other Drugs,” directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, to such micro-budget indies as Alex Cox’s “Repo Chick” and Sally Potter’s “Rage.” Among Fierberg’s favorites are Joel Schumacher’s poignant “Twelve”; Steven Shainberg’s provocative “Secretary,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s special jury prize for originality; and Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!,” for which Fierberg provided additional photography.