Intermediate Cinematography


This Workshop will focus on the role of the Director of Photography (DOP) during Video production, including movement and composition, framing, tonal balance, artistic lighting, and colour and contrast.  The main purpose of this workshop will be to provide students with technical and aesthetic knowledge of cinematography and lighting. This will be accomplished by screening and studying clips from international cinema productions, film history masterpieces, and more recent contemporary work.  This will also be achieved by hands on practical work with camera and lighting equipment, and set-up exercises geared towards teaching how to achieving cinematic stylistic unity in different film styles, such as: Documentary, Cinema Verite, Drama, Experimental, etc.


Intermediate Cinematography


Duration in hours: 
Prerequisite Workshops: 
Intro to Video, Lighting, or Cinematography 101
Maximum Participants: 
Cost for Members: 
Cost for Non-Members: 
SAW Video
First Workshop Date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 12:00 to 18:00
Registration Deadline: 
Mon, 03/05/2018


Cooper the Film Scientist is an experimental media artist who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has a need to continuously investigate filmmaking processes and the technical gear associated with them. He creates his films using techniques such as optical printing, contact printing, hand processing, and emulsion manipulation. Cooper is known for his technique of manipulating film emulsion prior to photographing images. He has buried black and white and colour 16mm film stocks in soil, bathed it in baking soda, berg colour toner, household bleach and photographic bleach all before photographing the film’s images. Cooper also explores the science behind film emulsion making, organic film developer recipes and tinting and toning using household ingredients. Over the last 25 years Cooper has gained an extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process; he started off his career working in the lighting and grip department on a variety of mainstream productions, such as CBC's North of 60 series and the American television series Lonesome Dove to being the Technical Director at Ottawa’s Independent Filmmakers Co-operative . Since 2010 Cooper has been offering his Cinematography services to Ottawa’s Media Arts Scene, presently he teaches Media Arts at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Saw Video Media Arts Centre. The Film Scientist is an award-winning film artist, his films have screened at festivals and art galleries across Canada and Internationally.

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