Explore the creative potential of the latest high-end digital cinema cameras, and apply your knowledge to creating a portfolio-quality cinematic short film.

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This workshop covers the advanced technical aspects of digital camera systems and delves into the theory and fine art of cinematic storytelling. The class is designed for cinematographers, filmmakers, and video professionals looking to explore the creative potential, and technical options of the latest high-end digital cameras used in Commercials, Music Videos, TV and Feature Film Production, and apply their knowledge to create a portfolio-quality cinematic short piece.

Students focus heavily on shot and sequence design through treatment interpretation and assessing story content, scene coverage, blocking, camera movement, perspective, lens selection, and eyelines.

The class is heavily project-based, and by the week’s end, students will each have shot a 1-2 minute visually-focused piece on a high-end camera, with the support of their classmates as their crew. Participants should come prepared with a concept that may be executed in a 4-hour block of shooting time.

A seasoned, industry Director of Photography will teach this course. Students will have the opportunity to gain insight from the instructor on the many career paths and trends in the world of cinematography and the camera department.

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.

About your instructor – Daniel Pearl, ASC

Daniel Pearl ASC Profile Picture
Daniel Pearl on the set of the feature film Pathfinder.

Daniel Pearl, ASC, has shot over 400 music videos, 250 commercials, and numerous feature films. His work includes music video classics ranging from Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. In addition to winning the first MTV cinematography award (for The Police’s Every Breath You Take), he is the most nominated cinematographer at MTV Video Music Awards, also winning for Guns’n’Roses November Rain. He has filmed music videos for artists like Nicki Minaj, The Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Paul Simon, Caroline Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Calvin Harris, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, and many others.

His feature film credits include Pathfinder, Alien vs. Predator “Requiem”, Captivity, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and the remake, produced by Michael Bay), Friday the 13th, and many more.

Regarded by Kodak as one of the “World’s Leading Cinematographers”, he was honored by CamerImage with their Golden Frog Award for his outstanding achievements in Music Video and Commercial Cinematography.

Maine Media students being taught be Daniel Pearl in Advanced Digital Cinematography
Daniel Pearl, ASC teaches Maine Media students advanced digital cinematography. Photo by Mark Edward Dawson.

Header image by Alaric Beal.

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Instructor: Joseph Yacoe

Cinematographer Joseph Yacoe began his career shooting music videos in the mid-1980s after graduating with a Masters Degree from California Institute of the Arts where he studied under Polish cinematography teacher Kris Malkiewicz. He shot many hundreds of music videos with artists like Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, George Michael, Lauren Hill and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.

Instructor: David Martinez

David Martinez is a producer and cinematographer originally from Puerto Rico. He is better known for his cinematic approach to visual storytelling through reactive camera work.

Since completing the Cinematography Intensive program at Maine Media Workshops in 2014, David has been working as a cinematographer and colorist on a wide variety of projects. His immersion in film productions, both in the camera department as well as the post-production department, has given him a great perspective on the relationship between the creative and technical aspects of visual storytelling.

As a media producer, his clients include The New York Times, United Nations, Universal Music, Warner Music, McKinsey & Company, and Volvo. David has been teaching workshops at Maine Media since 2016 and he also conducted a series of lighting workshops for Pixar Animation Studios in 2022.