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 is an award-winning cinematographer, receiving an ASC Award for best cinematography and a Latin Grammy.  

Steve has created the ‘look and feel’ of some of the most successful series in television, including The Affair (Golden Globes Winner, Best Drama), Emily in Paris (Golden Globe nom), Entourage (5 Golden Globe noms), Once Upon a Time and Attila (ASC Award Winner for Outstanding Cinematography).