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Feb 14, 2018 4:30 pm
Feb 28, 2018 9:00 pm
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$85.00 to $110.00
VIVO Media Arts Centre
VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.

Three sessions, 13.5 hours total // $110, or $85 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Wed Feb 14, 4:30pm-9pm
Session 2: Wed Feb 21, 4:30pm-9pm
Session 3: Wed Feb 28, 4:30pm-9pm

Prerequisite: Participants must have basic knowledge of rudimentary camera operation, such as exposure and focus, though a very brief review will be provided. Participants seeking an introduction to rudimentary camera operation should consider taking VIVO’s Camera Lights Sound workshop.

Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You'll analyze how specific styles, such as those used by Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others have developed over time, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

Each day, you'll examine visual idioms from different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of '70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters. Then, you’ll shoot a scene in the style of the cinematographer being discussed, using techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.

By the end of the workshop, you will have shot a few test scenes demonstrating what you've learned, and will have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other film visualists
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Instructor Bio:

Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit

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