Explore the camera’s unique and pivotal role in nonfiction storytelling

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This one-week course is for emerging documentary filmmakers and cinematographers who want to explore the technical and creative role that the camera plays in documentary production.

Through lectures and hands-on production, students will learn the best camera techniques for documentary and narrative work in order to deepen their mental and physical understanding of scene coverage. We will explore shot design, camera movement, and point-of-view. Students will also gain insight into the working relationship between the Director of Photography, the Director, their crew, their environment, and most importantly, their subjects.

You’ll work alone and with a variety of teams using custom handheld rigs.

The mornings are spent in the classroom for discussion, critiques, and screenings. The afternoons are dedicated to research and fieldwork as the students find and shoot a short documentary and gain practical experience handling the camera in a variety of situations. Scenes are edited for review and critique.

The agenda will challenge students technically and creatively as filmmakers, and be a fertile place to examine their critical thinking, decisive action, and instincts.

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Instructor: Chris Wairegi

Chris Wairegi is an award-winning Brooklyn-based Cinematographer with experience that runs the gamut of genres; encompassing narrative, documentary, and commercial work for streaming, television and the big screen. The daughter of immigrants and product of a multi-cultural upbringing, Chris has a love of discovering and documenting the essence of people, cultures, and stories. Chris’ affinity for visual story telling began at a young age with 35mm dark room photography. She uses every individual frame to tell the story.