Invite cinematography masters into your home

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A film director relies on the director of photography to create a unique and appropriate visual look for the story. Over the course of this week, you’ll hear from a series of renowned, award-winning cinematographers, who will discuss their work, and share the many challenges and successes they have experienced in achieving these looks. 

Topics covered include the use of lighting design, art direction, and scene coverage. The theory and motivation behind specific aesthetics, scene coverage, lighting, lens selection, and camera movement are explored.

This class will be held in an online format. Each day you will hear from a different Master Cinematographer.

Class Times (EDT)


Monday: 7pm-9:30pm with TBD

Wednesday: 7pm-9:30pm with Checco Varese, ASC

Friday: 7pm-9:30pm with Rodrigo Prieto, ASC


*Classes may also be taken individually, follow links above

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, these workshops are also Week 4 of the 4-Week Online Cinematography Lecture Series.

Image credit: Aidan Bliss

Faculty for the Week:


Instructor: Checco Varese, ASC

Checco Varese, ASC lensed It: Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s box office success, and the CW’s Jane the Novela pilot, a spinoff of their hit Jane the Virgin series. Previously, he shot several episodes of the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for Amazon with John Krasinski starring in the titular role; the pilot for Fox’s legal drama Proven Innocent; and director Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s sci-fi thriller, Replicas, featuring Keanu Reeves and Thomas Middleditch. Thanks to his prolific body of work, Varese has established a reputation as the unofficial ‘pilot guy.’ He has lensed nearly two dozen season starters which, more often than not, go on to be picked up to series: FX’s The Strain; A&E’s The Returned; ABC Family’s The Fosters; Melrose Place for the CW; and The Defenders for CBS. And who can forget the True Blood pilot? This iconic series went on for seven seasons.

Instructor: Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC

Rodrigo Prieto is a three-time Oscar nominee and one of the most acclaimed and respected cinematographers working today.  A frequent collaborator of directors like Martin Scorsese, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Oliver Stone, and Ang Lee, he is known for his meticulous setups, unconventional camerawork, rich use of color, and creating a moving, visceral experience for the audience. His many credits include THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, THE IRISHMAN, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, AMORES PERROS, BABEL, 21 GRAMS, BIUTIFUL, SILENCE, ARGO, LUST, CAUTION, JULIE TAYMOR’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, PASSENGERS, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, 8 MILE, FRIDA, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, STATE OF PLAY, 25th HOUR, ALEXANDER, VINYL, and most recently THE GLORIAS. He has also shot music videos for Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey. His many awards and nominations include three Oscar nominations for his work on THE IRISHMAN, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, and SILENCE.  He has also been recognized by Independent Spirit Awards, BAFTA Awards, Online Film Critics Society Awards, and American Society of Cinematographers Awards. While passionate about his work as a cinematographer, Rodrigo directed his first short film, LIKENESS, starring Elle Fanning, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. Rodrigo is a distinguished alumnus of Maine Media Workshops.