Learn the cinematic language of shot design and composition to tell effective and emotional stories.

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The class will meet Weekly on Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm EDT
This class will be held online using the Zoom Platform

This course will heavily focus on the visualization the director and the cinematographer share. From the moment of reading the script, what is the process of developing the visual language and style of the movie to follow? How should you best develop your thoughts and ideas?

Creating the visual storytelling from first read to final color.

Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of the script
  • The director’s and cinematographer’s visual preparation
  • Revealing meaning and theme in your visual storytelling
  • Visual References: History of visual storytelling in one hour
  • Communication between director and cinematographer
  • Testing in preparation
  • Staging as a part of shot design
  • Lens choice
  • Point of View
  • Eyelines
  • Composition
  • Every factor that goes into the final ‘look’ and how to develop and communicate this.

Camera position, movement, point-of-view, lens selection, and scene coverage are all critical elements in telling effective visual stories. This four-week online workshop is for cinematographers and emerging filmmakers who want to focus on the use of the camera in cinematic storytelling. 

Students learn the language and grammar of shot design, composition, camera placement, and movement. The subtle differences in camera operating styles and their effects on the viewer are addressed through lectures and screenings. Films will be analyzed in the context of how various DPs may approach their shot design.

Live, online lectures cover film dynamics, screen direction, and the role of the camera in the story being told.


“You won’t regret your investment in this great class. This is the class that will teach you the grammar of film.”

– Wei Zhou, Mountain View, CA

“It was the best workshop I attended this summer. It alters the way you look at films.”

– Shirsha Thakurta, Mumbai, India

“My experience here has reawakened my creativity and passion to make my movie.”

– JC Chandler, Maryland Heights, MO


Image Credits:  Alexis Ostrander, Matt Dixson

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Instructor: Steven Fierberg, ASC

Steven Fierberg, ASC, is an award-winning cinematographer and director, receiving an ASC Award for Best Cinematography and a Latin Grammy.

In 2019, he completed shooting the Golden Globe-winning series The Affair, directing two episodes. He did additional photography on Patty Jenson’s upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and shot the first season of Darren Star’s new series, Emily in Paris.

A native of Detroit, Fierberg escaped to Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar. He spent his senior year in England in an exchange program with Oxford, studying British drama, film and photography. He then plunged into New York’s underworld of graffiti art and punk noir films, working with Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and Paul Bartel. At the same time, he apprenticed for Los Angeles cinematographers Adam Greenberg and Dean Cundey.

Fierberg’s movie work has ranged from studio films like Entourage and Love & Other Drugs, directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, to such micro-budget indies as Alex Cox’s Repo Chick and Sally Potter’s Rage. He shot the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, which had the largest August opening of any film in cinema history and introduced Hong Kong-style action filmmaking to America.