Special Skills: Cinematography

Prospective, Perspective
A Cinematography Workshop for Tomorrow’s Filmmakers

Date: Saturday, May 17th
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Grades: 8 – 12th

“Cinematography is a creative and interpretive process that culminates in the authorship of an original work of art.”
– John Hora, ASC

Students participating in this cinematography workshop will learn, and employ, the fundamentals of cinematography, necessary for any prospective Collegiate or University study and career in filmmaking. The workshop will begin with an overview of the photographic basics of exposure and color, framing, the mechanics of image collection devices (cameras, lenses, and formats), and brief discussion of the process of motion picture creation through principles of cinematography and directing the camera. Following this overview, students will use lighting equipment to illuminate a variety of scenes and learn how to utilize a cinematographer’s most helpful tool, the light meter. Lastly, the workshop will provide students with an opportunity to assemble, and get hands-on experience with, a variety of motion picture cameras and film equipment, like dollies for tracking shots and filters to control exposure and provide effects.

Together, students will learn to trouble shoot lighting their scenes and understand reasoning for their lighting schemes, camera choices, and camera movement. Ultimately, students attending this workshop will gain a wider perspective of the use of light and camera to tell a story and will develop their imaginations as future filmmakers.

Todd Free is a cinematographer, producer, director, and editor. His credits include work on scripted feature films, documentaries, commercials, image films, music videos, and non profit development films. He resides in Belmont, in Charlottesville, with his wife Danielle.