A comprehensive introduction to the art and craft of motion picture cinematography

Sep 19, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1,895
Class Size: 16

This workshop explores the camera as a tool for cinematic storytelling. The class is designed for new cinematographers, filmmakers, video professionals, and anyone else looking to gain a solid foundation in the art of shooting motion pictures.

Students are introduced to fundamental concepts through lectures and demonstrations. They explore the theory and use of exposure, lens selection, frame rate, shutter angle, depth-of-field, ISO, color temperature, contrast, and dynamic range.

They practice lighting portraits as well as scenes and address the many strategies pertaining to the various conditions of lighting in-studio and on location. The dynamics of working as a crew are explored, and students are introduced to the primary roles and responsibilities of each member of a camera crew, including Director of Photography, Camera Operator, and Camera Assistant, and their relationships to one another in production.

The course’s essential focus is on the fundamentals of visual storytelling. Basic set etiquette and communication are discussed and practiced throughout the week.

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Brendan Kuroki Uegama (summer dates)

Brendan Kuroki Uegama is a Cinematographer renowned for the imagery of his work on features like Warner Bros. MOONSHOT and MGM’s Child’s Play. Uegama brings relentless passion to everything he does with endless enthusiasm towards the project.

Additionally, Uegama has lensed Netflix’s hit series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA and the limited drama series for Apple, TRUTH BE TOLD season 2. TRUTH BE TOLD was produced by Hello Sunshine & Endeavor Content and stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson.

Uegama’s next work to be released is the upcoming limited Hulu series, MIKE, which is based on the controversial former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson. MIKE will be released on August 25, 2022 on Hulu.

Additionally, Uegama recently shot a music video for DRAKE which was directed by Director X. Overnight the music video gained millions of views and shot to the #1 spot.

Brendan Kuroki Uegama lives in Los Angeles, California and is represented by The Gersh Agency.

Michael Dallatorre (fall dates)

One of the ASC’s “Rising Stars of Cinematography” for 2020, Mike’s fourth feature BRIGHTBURN, produced by James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) was released to theaters across the world Memorial Day 2019. His film BOOKS OF BLOOD premiered on Hulu in October of 2020.

Known as “Mike D,” the Nicaragua born director of photography arrived in the United States at the age of three and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary COLORS STRAIGHT UP which followed his participation in the inner city performing arts group, Colors United. That experience inspired him become a filmmaker. Mike was recognized for his talents and promising future with the Beating the Odds Award (presented by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund.)...