Cinematography for the Guerilla Filmmaker

Online Camp

In this virtual intensive, we will explore how to make the best-looking film out of what you have available. Using smart phones, tablets, or cameras (whatever devices you have at home), students will complete multiple 1-to-2-minute shorts over the two-week course, in order to explore the many facets of cinematography. They will push their skills in composition, lighting, movement, and visual storytelling, while refining technical basics and learning to adapt those essential skills to any situation. We will also explore the history and traditions of the art of cinematography from early film to today's vast media landscape. Designed for content-creators, storytellers, and camera aficionados alike, this course will help you take your filmmaking to the next level.

Register for Session 1 by June 14

Register for Session 2 by July 19

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Snapshot

This camp combines scheduled real-time virtual class meetings via Zoom, asynchronous material, and independent work.

  • Ages: 14–18 yrs
  • Number of weeks: 2
  • Session dates: Session 1: 6/29/20–7/10/20; Session 2: 8/3/20-8/14/20
  • Meeting schedule: M-F: 10:00 am–11:30 am CT+ final screening
  • Tuition: $600


Details

Students will create at least three 1-2 minute short films, each one exploring a different aspect of cinematography.

Virtual office hours / supervision:

M-F by appointment: 2 pm–5 pm CT

Rough Outline of Curriculum

Week 1

Monday—Introduction to Visual storytelling

Tuesday—Introduction to Camera and Framing Basics

Wednesday—Introduction to Lighting Basics

Thursday—Go over recreation exercise and present ideas for first short

Friday—How a Cinematographer preps for shoot day

Week 2

Monday—Critique Framing shorts

Tuesday—Camera Movement Analysis

Wednesday—Critique Movement shorts

Thursday—Lighting Analysis Part 2

Friday—Help polish off and finish shorts



What you'll need at home

Camera (either):

  • Smartphone with video recording capabilities (optional: with removable lenses)

  • DSLR digital video camera (1080 p minimum)

Computer: Laptop or PC with:

  • 8GB RAM minimum & 16GB RAM or more recommended

  • Wi-Fi

  • Web cam

  • Microphone

Devices – Other:

  • External Hard Drive or Cloud-Based Storage (500GB minimum)

  • Tripod or camera stabilizer (such as iphone handlebar or shoulder rig) (optional)

  • Microphone (optional)

Software / Apps

  • Nonlinear editing software. One of the following:

    • Adobe Premiere Pro (preferred)
      (a month-long subscription= $31.49/mo; can also subscribe to an annual plan or bundle with the Creative Cloud monthly or annual plan) 

    • Avid Media Composer (preferred)
      (Free: 1-month trial. Or, 1-yr subscription for ~$24/mo; month-to-month subscription: ~$35/mo)

    • Final Cut X, iMovie, DaVinci Resolve also accepted

  • Adobe Media Encoder

  • Zoom (free)


Carlos is a southern filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, who grew up in Alabama. His narrative and documentary work centers on providing a voice to Latinx-American stories. He is currently pursuing his MFA degree in Film & Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin. His latest short “The Country Priest” can be seen online through PBS. His work as a writer/director has screened at the Cannes Film Festival, NPR’s Studio 360, Sidewalk Film Festival, and Houston Latino Film Festival. He is currently in development on his newest short film, “Green Water” winner of Austin Film Society Short Film Production Grant and New Orleans Film Festival’s South Pitch Competition.