Examine and refine your cinematic methods and aesthetics with a master Director of Photography.

Jul 29, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $1795
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 14

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 a master Director of Photography 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. In 2023, this master class was taught by cinematographer Eric Moynier (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Boardwalk Empire).

Maine Media students being taught be Daniel Pearl in Advanced Digital Cinematography
Legendary cinematographer Daniel Pearl, ASC teaching Maine Media students.

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 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.

Brendan Kuroki Uegama teaching cinematography at Maine Media - Photo by Sebastiano Caccetta.
Brendan Kuroki Uegama teaching cinematography at Maine Media – Photo by Sebastiano Caccetta.

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. 

An extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of todays accomplished cinematographers, and to spend time with other creative professionals during the beauty of summer on our campus in midcoast Maine.

 Course requirements

Students are asked to submit a résumé upon registration which can be attached to the registration form, or sent separately to [email protected].

Why Take Filmmaking Workshops At Maine Media

For five decades, Maine Media has trained artists to be on the cutting edge of their mediums. When you access our uniquely intensive and immersive programs, you’ll have the opportunity to take a deep dive into cinematography, directing, documentary, screenwriting, performing, audio, editing, and post-production under the intimate direction of accomplished professionals.

Maine Media students have gone on to win Oscars and Emmys for directing game-changing films and shows like Birdman, The Revenant, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Westworld, American Horror Story, and Better Call Saul. Their cinematography credits include Avatar: The Way of Water, Titanic, Wolf of Wall Street, House of Cards, The Irishman, and music videos for artists like Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Billie Eilish. At just one recent Academy Awards, our alumni won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary Feature. In fact, Alejandro G. Iñárritu joined the annals of Oscar history by winning Best Director two years in a row!

Our list of Distinguished Alumni attests to how Maine Media has equipped filmmakers to realize their dreams.

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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