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Levels:  All
Workshop Fee:  TBD –  This intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.
Class Size: 12


Our Spring Cinematography Intensive is an immersive, 4-Week program that exposes you to fundamental film theory, industry gear, and provides you with the tools and knowledge to begin working as a professional, or get to the next level in your career.

In a sequence of workshops, you’ll spend each week focusing on a particular aspect of the art and craft of cinematography, and be guided by industry professionals with years of experience honing their craft in film production. You’ll make valuable professional connections, learn hands-on, and accumulate content each week for your professional portfolio or demo reel.

You will leave the program having gained meaningful experience in cinematography, the camera, and visual storytelling.

This intensive is offered once in the Spring and again in the Summer. If you are looking for a more comprehensive experience, check out our 8-Week Intensive with sessions offered in both Summer and Fall. 

Header Image: ©Seth MacMillan, (Cinematography Intensive 2017)


The Courses:

Lighting & Grip | Jamal Solomon

In the Kick-off week of the intensive, students will be introduced to the basic procedures and protocols of working on a film set, and become familiar with the essential equipment used in all productions, such as lighting units and grip gear. They participate in a series of hands-on exercises, lighting and shooting a variety of interior, exterior, day and night scenes. They build and light sets within the soundstage, as well as shoot in practical locations, all while becoming familiar with each of the various roles of a film crew. Set etiquette and safety will be taught and emphasized throughout the week.

Basic Cinematography | Michael Mayers

In the 2nd week of the intensive, students begin to explore cinematography as an art and craft. Through lectures and exercises they'll discuss and practice the theory and use of exposure, lens selection, depth-of-field, ISO, contrast, color, and dynamic range. Through hands-on exercises in-studio and on location, students discover the nuances and characteristics of shooting with digital cinema cameras and DSLRs, as well as with various lenses, filtration, and lighting units. Students will each shoot short projects allowing them to practice framing and composition, and consider the camera’s angle and movement, and the design of the project’s shot series and sequences. They touch upon the fundamentals of lighting portraits as well as scenes, and address different lighting strategies pertaining to various situations. An emphasis is placed, throughout the week, on visual storytelling.

Lighting for Film & TV | Bill Holshevnikoff

In the 3rd week of the intensive, the focus will be on the importance of lighting design. Students learn the processes and industry practices used to execute a wide range of lighting set-ups. They will learn how to scout a location and plan lighting requirements for a shoot. Through hands-on exercises, they will tackle a series of challenging lighting scenarios with goals to achieve specific visual aesthetics. They will work hands-on with industry lighting technology, including LED, HMI, tungsten, fluorescent and more, and use a wide array of grip equipment to shape and control the light. Students will practice working as a crew, and rotate the roles of DP, gaffer, G&E, and more, to light a variety of interior and exterior scenes, in studio and on-location. The scenes will vary in mood, feel, and genre, challenging students to think about the nuances of how they light their subjects and achieve their desired aesthetic. Review and critique of dailies will discuss how all of the techniques practiced throughout the week, should ultimately work to support the story.

Camera in Motion | Leland Krane

In the 4th and final week of the intensive, the class will focus on camera operation and movement and how various techniques are employed to tell and enhance the visual story. Through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, students explore the fundamental skills of a camera operator and camera assistant. An emphasis will be placed on the motivation for the use of various camera supports, and various types of movement (including no movement at all). 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, each getting the opportunity to craft an original scene. Final concepts 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 in the world of cinematography.

Winter/Spring 4-week lodging and meal package available for $2100, private room, private bath. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150/wk. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration.

Image Credits: David Martinez, Hannah Drabin

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