The Daytime Cinematography Workshop provides an on-set
giving you a behind-the scenes look at
the process I use in my filmmaking. I’ll show you how I deal with
working in a fast turn-around environment like Saturday Night Live
while still delivering my best work, so that you can do the same
no matter what you shoot— from commercials,
documentaries to weddings, corporate videos and live events.
We’ll start the day with a short film script and totally
break it down;
I’ll show you how I scout locations,
design shots, put together my lighting plans, and select my gear
package. Then we’ll actually shoot a few of the scenes.
I’ll pull my crew from the audience
exactly how I set up camera moves, light a master shot with
matching coverage, and work with audio. We’ll take the footage all
the way through my normal on-set workflow, from the camera all
the way to the edit using the latest footage management tools.
Finally, we’ll end with a look to the future of 4K delivery,
discussing vital 4K considerations both on set and in post.
"Alex has a way of presenting advanced cinematography concepts that usually take a few semesters to get at a traditional institution, and he does so in a way that is totally accessible. Don't be intimidated by the fact that he's also an Academy Award Nominee, his lectures have something to offer filmmakers at any level."
DGA Director/DP/Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer
All ticket holders may attend
with cutting edge gear
Between the Daytime Workshop and the Evening Seminar, we’ll have a hands-on hour to give you interactive time with the gear. We’re assembling some of the most buzzed-about new technology from NAB, including the new MōVI stabilized camera gimbal(!)
along with the incredibly efficient Hive plasma-lights,
the latest rigs from Kessler Crane
and the entire lineup of Canon Cinema-EOS
cameras. We will also have a 4K media management station
setup so that you can walk through my workflow process for yourself. This is the same gear that I use in my own work and that I will be using throughout the workshop so you’ll see how I work with it, and then you’ll have the opportunity to try everything out for yourself.
The Evening Visual Structure Seminar starts with an
overview of all the tools and techniques that I’ve
learned by shooting with both DSLRs and Cine-Style cameras at the
SNL Film Unit.
Next up is Visual Structure—to me, this is what
cinematography is all about. Inspired by the ground-breaking
work of visual consultant Bruce Block, you will learn how to
identify and control the seven core visual components of any image:
SPACE, LINE, SHAPE, COLOR, TONE, MOVEMENT and RHYTHM. Using
examples from my own work as well as from my filmmaking heroes,
you will learn how the visual masters of filmmaking use these
techniques to create their signature styles: from Stanley Kubrick
(one-point perspective), to David Fincher (control of tonal range);
from the Coen Brothers (shape motifs) to Wes Anderson (flat space
and limited color palette).
If these concepts affect you even a fraction of how they affected
me, it will completely change the way you shoot and watch
films. With these principles, you will know how to enhance
any visual storytelling experience – be that a movie, a commercial,
a documentary, a wedding video—you name it.
"Alex's Visual Structure seminar made me feel like a film school student on day one! It's the type of lecture that any filmmaker, no matter how new or old will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from. It was honestly a great wake up call for me because it helped me realize how little I really knew about visual storytelling."
Writer/Director/Co-founder - Variable (Commercial Production)
The Workshop Schedule 9:00am-9:00pm
Daytime Cinematography Workshop 9:00am-4:00pm
Introductions: Overview and “Case Study” clips of my work that we’ll recreate
Script Breakdown: Table Reading and discussion of ideas for shooting the script
Location Scouting: How to properly tech scout a location
Shotlists & Diagrams: How I design master shots and coverage
CREW CALL: Introduce the camera, grip, electric and audio departments
Shooting Demo #1: Shooting coverage/Dramatic lighting
Shooting Demo #2: Camera Movement
Shooting Demo #3: Interview Setup
Shooting Demo #4: Mōvi Demo
Shooting Demo #5: Shooting 4k/Green Screen
HANDS-ON HOUR With Cutting Edge Gear (All Ticket Holders May Attend)
Evening Visual Structure Seminar 6:00pm-9:00pm
DSLR Cinema: getting the most cinematic look out of your DSLR
CINE-STYLE: the next wave of camera technology
VISUAL DESIGN: understanding the seven visual components
VISUAL STORYTELLING: how to apply visual structure to your projects
Alex will take a short film script from SNL and
break down the process of filming it into
individual steps, including creating a shotlist, a lighting
plan, and an equipment and crew list. Then Alex and the
students will shoot the scene together,using techniques and tools
that he uses on the SNL set every day.