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 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.
“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, David Martinez
Instructor: Amy Vincent, ASC (July dates)
Amy Vincent is a cinematographer with more than 60 feature film and television credits including Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, and Eve’s Bayou.
Ms. Vincent is a member of the America Society of Cinematographers, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) in 2004.
Instructor: Steven Fierberg, ASC (September dates)
Steven Fierberg is an award-winning, ASC cinematographer whose work spans both the big and small screens, including lensing the first 25 episodes of Doug Ellin’s hit HBO series, “Entourage,” as well as the Warner Bros feature ‘Entourage’. His most recent work includes Showtime’s Golden Globe Award winner “The Affair,” and Amazon’s series “Good Girls Revolt.” A native of Detroit, Michigan, Fierberg attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar, and 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, beginning a pattern of working on both coasts that continues to this day. Fierberg’s movie work has ranged from studio films like “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.” Among Fierberg’s favorites are Joel Schumacher’s poignant “Twelve”; Steven Shainberg’s provocative “Secretary,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s special jury prize for originality; and Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!,” for which Fierberg provided additional photography.