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Visual Story Essentials

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What does your image say about your story? How do you tell a story through IMAGES as well as words? As a producer – what is important about the type of camera used? As a director, what shots are needed to tell your story? And if you want to be a cinematographer… Listen up!


A primer course on the tools and techniques of cinematography, as well as the impact these creative choices have on the audience – and on the production budget.


Taking inspiration from great works and through practical presentations, the goal is to develop an understanding and appreciation for the 8 C’s of cinematography!

  1. Cameras: 3D, HD, 1080, 4K, 8K!? What do you need?
  2. Compositon: Lens length, depth of field, camera height and angle, balance of light and dark — how do you choose what’s best for your scene?
  3. Color : How can color influence mood, performance, and overall story?
  4. Convention: Establishing shots, inserts, mise en scène – knowing the language of cinema.
  5. Continuity / Cutting: Ensuring that your individual shots will edit together
  6. Choreography: Movement of actors and elements within the frame, and moving the frame itself.
  7. Completion: Postproduction and color grading.
  8. CGI: How do effects affect your project?
Packed with practical examples, fun stories (sometimes terrifying), and easy-to-understand introductions to basic photography techniques that will help to form an essential knowledge base for any professional in the motion-picture industry.


Who should attend: Budding cinematographers as well as directors, producers, actors, and anyone in production with a desire to better understand what a cinematographer does, how it is accomplished – and, most importantly, why.


Requirements: No experience necessary. Something to take notes.


By the end of this class, you will: 
  1. Achieve a better understanding of how images can impact a viewer through artistic choices including framing, focus, light, color, and movement.
  2. Appreciate the technical demands and constraints faced by cinematographers.
  3. Develop a basic understanding of how to technically control an image.
  4. Be inspired to create more compelling images that serve your movie’s story.
About the Instructor: 


Robert Kirbyson is a director with an extensive background in cinematography. His feature directing credits include the family film Snowmen, the acclaimed comedy web series Ctrl for NBC, and the thriller Redline, for which he also served as Director of Photography. Robert began his career in Canada as a cinematographer and storyboard artist for many series including Sesame Street. He has also served as a filmmaking professor at many institutions, including seven years as the cinematography instructor at his Alma Mater, The University of British Columbia.