Explore the robust capabilities of the DSLR and DSLM in shooting cinematic non-fiction stories

Nov 16, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $795
Class Size: 20 (Max)

NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets from 10am-6pm EDT

This one-week course is for emerging documentary filmmakers and video professionals who want to explore the growing possibilities of shooting non-fiction stories with today’s most accessible, and increasingly capable, digital cinema cameras.

The workshop will start with a technical overview of the latest DSLR and Mirrorless cameras (i.e. Canon 5D Mark, Panasonic GH5) their settings, functions, and capabilities. It will then move on to discuss aesthetic considerations of shooting including, composition, shot design, camera operation and movement, and lens selection.

Through exercises and demonstrations students practice shooting and experience how these tools are best employed in capturing non-fiction. Shooting scenarios we will discuss include talking head interviews, vérité situations, as well as designed, cinematic shots.

While these cameras are extremely accessible and affordable, they have certain limitations. We will address and cover the challenges of external audio capture and camera body ergonomics, and discuss the many ways to rig your DSLR/DSLM as a fully capable documentary camcorder.

We will screen scenes from successful, visually-based, nonfiction pieces, as well as view and critique our own dailies for feedback and discussion on how we might improve our shooting approaches.

In the latter half of the week students will shoot short projects, with an emphasis placed on the visual aspect, allowing them to put into practice their new found skill sets.

Upon leaving the course, students will have gained new confidence in shooting, and have experienced the breadth of possibilities and benefits of choosing to tell their story with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

Note: As this course will be offered online, students will need to own (or rent) their own camera in order to participate in shooting exercises and projects. The instructor will happily suggest rental or purchase options upon request. 

NOTE: This course is often followed by the Advanced Nonfiction DSLR & Mirrorless Cinematography Course 

Image Credit:  Alexis Mpaka

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Instructor: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer known for his cinematic approach to non-fiction storytelling. David has traveled the world as a cinematographer and colorist. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the post-production department, has given him a broad perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling. As a media producer, his clients include Universal Music, Warner Music, McKinsey & Company, and Volvo.