Refine your cinematic vision and aesthetic with legendary cinematographer Ed Lachman, A.S.C.

Jul 24, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $1695
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 14

Still from Carol, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from Carol (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).

A film director closely collaborates with the director of photography to create a unique and expressive visual look for the story. You will spend the week with master cinematographer Ed Lachman, A.S.C., who will discuss his work, and share the many challenges and successes he has experienced in achieving the visual solutions that elevate story, character, and theme.

Ed Lachman on set with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Ed Lachman on set with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Case study scenes are screened and analyzed. The theory and motivation behind specific aesthetics, lighting, lens selection, scene coverage, point-of-view, art direction, and camera movement are explored. There will be demonstrations, discussions, and reconstructions of set-ups from his body of accomplished work. Other topics include the role of color, look books and references, and how the director and director of photography communicate to achieve the desired result. We will also consider how to balance the imperative to plan with allowing for the spontaneity of discovery on the day.

Still from The Virgin Suicides, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from The Virgin Suicides (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).
Still from The Virgin Suicides, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from The Virgin Suicides (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).

The pace of this master class and retreat is less intensive than other workshops, with ample time devoted to discussion of the art and techniques of cinematography, Q&A, and industry trends.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of today’s leading cinematographers, and to spend time with other creative professionals during the beauty of summer on our campus in midcoast Maine.

Still from Erin Brockovich, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from Erin Brockovich (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).

Course requirements

Students are asked to submit a résumé upon registration which can be attached to the registration form, or sent separately to

Still from The Limey, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from The Limey (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).
Still from Dark Waters, with cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Still from Dark Waters (Cinematographer, Ed Lachman).

PLEASE NOTE: An hour-long training session on Set Etiquette and Safety will be required of anyone registered for a workshop that involves production. Students only need to participate in this session once during their time on campus.

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Ed Lachman ASC

Instructor: Ed Lachman, ASC

Celebrated cinematographer Ed Lachman is a two-time Oscar nominee and a 2017 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Ed’s body of work spans major hits, legendary independent films, music videos, and documentaries. He has collaborated with directors like Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Larry Clark, Robert Altman, Todd Solondz, and Mira Nair. His cinematography credits include CAROL, DARK WATERS, FAR FROM HEAVEN, I’M NOT THERE, WONDERSTRUCK, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE LIMEY, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, LIGHT SLEEPER, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, the HBO series MILDRED PIERCE, TRUE STORIES, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, KEN PARK (which he also co-directed with Larry Clark), and many others.

David Martinez

Course Manager: David Martinez

David believes in the idea of Docendo Discimus. He enjoys teaching and has taught more than 30 different workshops at Maine Media on topics ranging from camera, lighting, color grading, and cinematography theory. He has been working as the Film Program Manager at the workshops since 2018 designing curriculums and syllabi for both in-person and online workshops. His role at the school has given him an opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals across many areas of filmmaking and film production.