Learn how to use framing, lenses, and lighting as tools to convey the emotions and psychology of a story.

Jun 24, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024
Sep 30, 2024 - Oct 4, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1895
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 16

One of Framing The Narrative workshop instructors Patrick Cady, ASC, DGA talks about the importance of collaboration on a film set and the joys and challenges of working as a cinematographer.

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For cinematographers, directors and other filmmakers who want to understand the aesthetics and techniques of how to use cinematography in the service of telling a story. Students are introduced to concepts through lectures, case studies, demonstrations and exercises.

The class will examine how different choices in framing and lens choices can impact the power of a scene. Special attention will be paid to how framing, lenses, and lighting can be used to illuminate a character’s emotional and psychological state.  Students will weigh how traditional scene coverage versus an unconventional approach can enormously alter how the audience experiences a dramatic moment.

Quyen Tran, ASC on set
Instructor Quyen Tran, ASC on set.

The group will work in teams to analyze approaches, design shots and shoot short scenes. They practice framing and composition and look deeply at how the camera’s angle, movement, and perspective create compelling shots to serve a narrative.

The class will also touch on evolving considerations relating to screen size and formats (theatrical vs. television, streaming vs. network, etc.).

Each student will leave with a new grasp of how to employ cinematography to fully serve the story and character, and how to further the development of their creative voice as a filmmaker.

Students learning cinematography at Maine Media

Patrick Cady teaching cinematographer students
Patrick Cady, ASC, DGA teaches cinematographer students in the Framing the Narrative workshop at Maine Media.
Quyen Tran on set
Instructor Quyen Tran, ASC on set.
Quyen Tran, ASC shooting MAID (Netflix) starring Margaret Qualley
Quyen Tran, ASC shooting MAID (Netflix) starring Margaret Qualley.

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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Instructor: Patrick Cady, ASC, DGA (Teaching Jun 24-28, 2024 - Register here)

Patrick Cady is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer who has also become a busy director. Most recently he directed half the episodes for season seven of Amazon’s hit show Bosch, including the series finale. His other directing credits include the highly regarded Sundance Channel series Rectify and the Paramount+ series Interrogation. With his background in both cinematography and directing, Patrick brings a unique perspective to the dynamics of directing actors for the camera. His cinematography credits span both features and television and include Bosch, Rectify, The Code, The Stepfather, Insecure, XX, Fear The Walking Dead, Franklin & Bash, Betrayal, Body of Proof, Rizzoli & Isles, Suits, In Treatment, Lottery Ticket, Cold Case, Day of the Dead, Sunshine State, Marie and Bruce, and the Sundance and Cannes award-winning feature Girlfight. Patrick “got hooked” working on set as the camera intern for Roger Deakins ASC, BSC on the John Sayles film Passion Fish in 1991. A mere ten years later he was the Director of Photography on Sayles' Sunshine State. He spent a large portion of those ten years working first as an Electrician and then as a Gaffer while attaining his Master’s degree at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting noticed for his work on the indie classic Girlfight. Patrick is a member of the ASC, DGA, IATSE 600, AMPAS, & The Television Academy.

Quyen Tran Headshot

Instructor: Quyen Tran, ASC (Teaching Sep 30-Oct 4, 2024 - Register here)

Quyen Tran is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who prioritizes story above all else. She splits her time between features and television, having shot multiple pilots and series for HBO, Netflix, and FX. Her feature cinematography credits include PALM SPRINGS (Hulu), starring Andy Samberg and J.K. Simmons, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and broke the record for the highest-selling Sundance film; the Columbia Pictures release LIFE IN A YEAR, starring Jaden Smith and Carla Delevingne; and the upcoming film BROTHERS, starring Josh Brolin, Brendan Fraser, and Peter Dinklage. Other recent credits include the STAR WARS Disney+ series AHSOKA starring Rosario Dawson and David Tennant; the FX/Hulu series A TEACHER starring Rooney Mara; the acclaimed award-winning Netflix limited series MAID starring Margaret Qualley; the Apple+ series ROAR; the Starz comedy MINX; the pilot for the Peabody Award-winning Netflix drama UNBELIEVABLE, directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette and Merritt Weaver; the HBO series CAMPING with Jennifer Garner; and the HBO series HERE AND NOW.

Her directing credits include MAID (Netflix), ROAR (Apple+), and the upcoming Netflix limited series THE MADNESS.