Cinematography for the Guerrilla Filmmaker


Cinematography Camp

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.


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

  • Grades: 9th–12th
  • Number of weeks: 2 (10 days)
  • Session Dates:  Dates coming soon! - 2 weeks (10 days)
  • Meeting Schedule:
    Week 1: M-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT
    Week 2: M-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT + Friday afternoon final screening
  • Tuition: Info coming soon!


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

Virtual office hours / supervision:

Tu-Th by appointment: 2 pm–4 pm CT

Rough Outline of Curriculum

Week 1

Tuesday—Introduction to Visual storytelling, 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 First (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)

Contact for Questions

Email camps' director

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Session Information

Session 1

Dates coming soon! - 2 weeks (10 days)

Week 1:M-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT
Week 2: M-F: 10:00 am–11:45 am CT + Friday afternoon final screening

Grades: 9th–12th

More info coming!