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

Sep 25, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1795
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 16

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.

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

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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