Learn and practice the fundamental techniques of scene coverage and camera movement
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This course is for emerging cinematographers and filmmakers looking to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of camera operation and movement. Through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, students explore the fundamental skills of a camera operator and camera assistant. Exercises 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.
Following initial lectures and demonstrations, students will participate in a series of exercises in scene coverage, composition, focus pulling, and blocking actors. Led by a career cinematographer, the class will break into groups and rotate roles in their camera crews. Camera Assistants will practice “building” the camera and its many peripherals, pulling focus in a variety of scenarios, slating, and setting marks for actors. Operators will be tasked to achieve the camera movements both handheld and on support systems. They’ll experience the challenge of executing the physical and ergonomic aspects of the shot while composing a strong frame.
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. By week’s end students will feel comfortable with industry standard production procedures as they pertain to the camera department and will have been afforded the opportunity to foster interest in the various roles available to them.
Winter/Spring Session Info: Lodging and meal package available for $525. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.
Instructor: Leland Krane
Leland Krane is a New York based Local 600 ICG Director of Photography with over twenty years of experience in film and television. He moves from operating camera on a dozen major TV productions, including "The Americans", "Bull", "Luke Cage", "Iron Fist", and "High Maintenance", to shooting shows for History, Discovery, Investigation Discovery and Comedy Central. He shoots and directs promos and commercials which air in the US, Europe and online. Leland’s feature cinematography credits include more than a dozen films, with stars such as Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo, Elizabeth Banks, Frank Vincent, Dabney Coleman, Vincent Pastore, and Ali Larter. Leland’s work has been recognized by American Cinematographer, Indiewire, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught Cinematography at The New School, SUNY Purchase, and guest lectured at NYU and the High School for Film and Television.