Learn the cinematic language of shot design and composition to tell effective and emotional stories
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Camera position, movement, point-of-view, lens selection, and scene coverage are all critical elements in telling effective visual stories. This one-week 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 exercises and screenings. Films will be analyzed in the context of how various DPs may approach their shot design.
Classroom lectures cover film dynamics, screen direction, and the role of the camera in the story being told. Students work with scripts as they break down scenes, plan coverage, and prepare storyboards and shot lists. Working as a professional camera crew, the class blocks and shoots dramatic sequences with actors. Dailies are assembled in editing to help the students discover where their coverage is working most effectively. In the latter half of the week, directors and cinematographers come together to create final pieces. Students leave with a working knowledge of scene design and a full understanding of the role the camera plays in the filmmaking process, and its potential for being the driving force behind emotionally impactful stories.
In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of both the Cinematography Intensive and the Filmmaking Intensive (summer).
“My experience here has reawakened my creativity and passion to make my movie.”
– JC Chandler, Maryland Heights, MO
“The Workshops is a unique and wonderful place, the experience of learning here feels so natural you don’t even know its happening.”
– Ed Ballinger, Allentown, PA
“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
Image Credits: Alexis Ostrander, Matt Dixson, Devin Altobello, David Martinez
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).
In addition, Steve created the look for HBO’s new season of ‘In Treatment, ABC’s hit Once Upon a Time and NBC’s cutting edge cult classic Kingpin. He shot pilots for Mark Mylod, Bryan Singer, Darren Star, Jason Moore and Sanaa Hamri.
His feature cinematography has ranged from studio movies like Aspen Extreme, the Entourage movie, Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs featuring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, to micro budget indy films such as Alex Cox’s Repo Chick. His favorite work includes Joel Schumacher’s poignant Twelve and Steven Shainberg’s provocative Secretary, which won a Special Jury Prize for Originality from the Sundance Festival before ‘inspiring’ 50 Shades of Grey.