Study with one of the world’s leading set and stills photographers.

Sep 20, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1395
Class Size: 12 (max)

Learn the techniques of a movie and TV “unit” photographer necessary to deliver pictures that capture the essence of script and character.

Every movie or TV show you ever saw hired a still photographer to shoot promotional stills. This workshop explores and prepares you for a career as an on-set “unit” photographer.  

You’ll learn: 

  • Filmmaking methodology 
  • Studio and editorial needs
  • Set etiquette   
  • Setting up gallery portraits 
  • Directing actors
  • Set safety 

The business side of the industry is also addressed, with information on getting started, unions, self promotion and negotiating deals.

The opportunity to practice what you are learning on actual, live workshop film productions make this workshop exciting and unique.  Students will leave with material to use in their portfolio.   

Digital equipment (mirrorless preferred) and basic knowledge of digital photography is required for this course.

All images ©David James

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Instructor: David James

David James is an internationally renowned film and celebrity stills-photographer, born in the UK, now based in California. His iconic images have been exhibited world-wide in publications, galleries, collections and on billboards globally, also found in the archives of the Motion Picture Academy Library, PPofA and the National Portrait Gallery in London. David’s instantly recognizable film coverage ranges from musicals such as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’,  ‘Chicago’, ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ ,to historical dramas ‘Schindlers List’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’,  ‘Lincoln’ as well as blockbuster action series ‘James Bond’, ‘Star Wars’ .and several of the Mission Impossibles - including Tom Cruise atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.   His career collaborations with filmmakers encompass such legends as Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, and J.J. Abrams. David is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including an ICG/Publicist Guild Award for Excellence in Unit Stills, Professional Photographers of America Best in Show award, Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards and the SOC Lifetime Achievement Award for Still Photography. Among numerous publications featuring his photos are more than a dozen photography books including Taschen’s ‘David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth’ as well as his own books on ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull – A Photographic Journal’, and the ‘Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary’.