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

Oct 10, 2022 - Oct 14, 2022

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $2,095
Class Size: 16

ACT QUICKLY!!  JULY session has just ONE seat available.

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

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Instructor: Roy H. Wagner, ASC (summer dates)

Roy H. Wagner is a 2-Time Emmy Award-Winning cinematographer with over 50 years of experience shooting TV series and feature films. Major DP Credits include “House”, “CSI”, “Quantum Leap”, “Burn Notice”, and “Ray Donovan”. In addition to 2 Prime-Time Emmy wins, he also won the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for the Mini-Series “Drug Wars”.

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Instructor: Robert Adetuyi (summer dates)

Robert Adetuyi is a Canadian screenwriter and film director. A graduate of York University, where he studied communications and sociology, he moved to Hollywood in 1992. His screenwriting credits include Stomp the Yard, Code Name: The Cleaner, Stand!, and Turn It Up. He also directed Stand! and Turn it Up.