Guided by Steven Fierberg, ASC, this workshop is for cinematographers and filmmakers of all levels who want to learn the cinematic language of shot design and composition to tell effective emotional stories.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, Nov 7, 9, 14 & 16 from 7-9pm ET.

This course will heavily focus on the visualization the director and the cinematographer share. From the moment of reading the script, what is the process of developing the visual language and style of the movie to follow? How should you best develop your thoughts and ideas?

Creating the visual storytelling from the first read to the final color.

Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of the script
  • The director’s and cinematographer’s visual preparation
  • Revealing meaning and theme in your visual storytelling
  • Visual References: History of visual storytelling in one hour
  • Communication between the director and cinematographer
  • Testing in preparation
  • Staging as a part of shot design
  • Lens choice
  • Point of View
  • Eyelines
  • Composition
  • Every factor that goes into the final ‘look’ and how to develop and communicate this.

Camera position, movement, point-of-view, lens selection, and scene coverage are all critical elements in telling effective visual stories. This two-week online workshop is for cinematographers and emerging filmmakers who want to focus on the use of the camera in cinematic storytelling.

Instructor Steven Fierberg, ASC on storytelling:

Students learn the language and grammar of shot design, composition, camera placement, and movement. The subtle differences in camera operating styles and their effects on the viewer are addressed through lectures and screenings. Films will be analyzed in the context of how various DPs may approach their shot design.

Live, online lectures cover film dynamics, screen direction, and the role of the camera in the story being told.


“You won’t regret your investment in this great class. This is the class that will teach you the grammar of film.” Wei Zhou, Mountain View, CA

“It was the best workshop I attended this summer. It alters the way you look at films.” Shirsha Thakurta, Mumbai, India

“My experience here has reawakened my creativity and passion to make my movie.” JC Chandler, Maryland Heights, MO

Image Credits:  Alexis Ostrander, Matt Dixson

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Instructor: Steven Fierberg, ASC

Steven Fierberg has received two ASC Awards, including 2024’s Career Achievement in Cinematography, as well as a Latin Grammy.  

Steve created the ‘look and feel’ of some of the most successful series in television, including The Affair (Golden Globes Winner, Best Drama), Emily in Paris (Golden Globe nom), Entourage (5 Golden Globe noms), Once Upon a Time and Attila (ASC Award Winner for Outstanding Cinematography). Recent work includes Amazon’s epic Wheel of Time and Bosch Legacy.