The Camera Workshop
A hands-on workshop
The camera is perhaps the most mystifying and intriguing directorial tool. Everyone wants to get their hands on a camera but few learning directors know what to do with it.
The camera is simply a recording device and potentially a powerful tool for the director. It can either enhance the scene being photographed or diminish it. It is not so important that the director understand completely how a camera works mechanically. But every director must know how the use of the camera will effect the audience’s experience and perception of the scene.
In this three-day Camera Workshop, ten directors will explore a variety of camera techniques on scenes that they have rehearsed. Working with professional equipment and instant playback, each director will immediately see the results of his/her choices. Experimenting with standard coverage, active camera, passive camera, interlacing masters, various lens choices and focus choices will give each student a wider knowledge and appreciate of the camera as a directorial tool.
Topics covered in the Camera Workshop:
- Lenses and their effect on audience perception
- Active Camera
- Passive Camera
- The Line
- Interlacing Masters
- Dollies, cranes, Steadicam and handheld
- The Power of the Frame and the unknown
- Storyboarding: Continuity and Set-up
- Communicating with the Cinematographer
Number of Students: 10
Number of Days: 3
Number of actors needed: 20