Cinematography 3 week

Tuition:
  • $3,895
Campuses:
  • New York
Ages:
  • 15-19

Overview:

From working with the latest DSLR's to shooting RAW on the Black Magic, the SOCAPA Cinematography Intensive puts professional tools in the hands of student filmmakers!

Digital cinematography is the new standard for Hollywood blockbusters. Movies like Avatar, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, and The Hobbit have paved the way for a new breed of cinematographer and camera assistant. These professionals - trained in menus, codex, external recorders, monitors, and waveforms - mix digital technology with the classic techniques of focus pulling, exposure, and aesthetics.

Curriculum:

In class exercises, taught by professional cinematographers, are the cornerstone of building artistic and technical skills in the Cinematography Intensive. The first week of the program is comprised of morning classes in aesthetics, continuity, and lighting theory - the foundations of a cinematographer’s vision. Each afternoon, students complete hands-on exercises using advanced camera and lighting equipment. Students learn how to operate the elements of a professional camera package, pull focus, execute complex camera moves, and design compelling lighting patterns to achieve a particular look or feel.

YOUR REEL

The SOCAPA Cinematography Intensive focuses on instilling advanced camera and lighting techniques, while enabling students to build a diverse and compelling cinematography reel. A reel is a selection of the best moments of a cinematographer’s portfolio edited together in a compelling way that showcases their ability to compose shots and direct lighting in a diverse set of circumstances. No cinematographer is complete without a cinematography reel.

PROGRAM CULMINATION

The Cinematography course culminates in learning post-production RAW workflow, color grading, and reel creation. At the end of the three weeks, in addition to developing a large professional network comprised of peers and instructors, students walk away from the program with a portfolio of completed media on their hard drive and a cinematography reel hosted on SOCAPA’s online portfolio page so that students can immediately show their work to colleges, potential clients or directors.

Cinematography Projects:

In the second and third week, students are encouraged to employ their artistic and technical skills on real shoots with their peers. From Dance Videos to Acting Reels to Music Videos, students in the Cinematography program have the opportunity to develop a diverse portfolio of work working as a real cinematographer. Students also continue to meet regularly to discuss experiences and expand upon the theory and technique learned during the first week.

The Storaro

The legendary Italian cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, is responsible for such visionary works as Apocalypse Now, The Conformist, 1900, Reds, and The Last Emperor. Inspired by Storaro's imaginative lighting and color work, students are given a blank canvas scene, and asked to emulate, in a single shot, a particular movie genre using only light and color.

Dance Video

The job of a professional cinematographer can be a stressful and demanding position. By acting as the Second Camera Operator on a SOCAPA Dance Video, cinematography students will get a first-hand look at the fast-paced decision making process of working DP's. By choosing camera angles, determining exposure, and composing shots, students will make important decisions that will affect the final outcome of the piece - while adding a unique element to their reel!

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Acting Reel

Working under the guidance of the Cinematography Instructor, students in the Cinematography program will have the opportunity to work as the Director of Photography on a SOCAPA Acting Reel. Acting Reels are sample scenes from movies directed by a member of the acting faculty, and professionally shot and edited. Cinematography students will be asked to location scout, shot list, draw overhead diagrams, direct the lighting, and act as the Director of Photography and Camera Operator on set. When not working as a "DP," cinematography students will act as camera assistants and gaffers for their classmates.

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Music Video

Music videos are the quintessential medium for slick, stylized cinematography. Many of the great cinematographers today, including Roger Deakins, Bill Pope and Christopher Doyle, got their start in, or experiment with, music videos. In collaboration with a SOCAPA Music student, Cinematography students are given complete creative license to show SOCAPA and beyond what they can do with a camera.

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SAMPLE CINEMATOGRAPHY SCHEDULE
WEEK ONE
SUNDAY DAY ONE
11a-3p: Airport Arrivals
1-4p: Dormitory Check-in
5-6p: Welcome Dinner
6-7p Film Program Orientation - Meet & Greet with Teachers
7-8:30p: All Programs Orientation
9:30p: Dormitory Floor Meetings & Orientation
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
MONDAY DAY TWO
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Filmmaking #1
12-1p: Lunch
1-3p: Camera Tech #1
3-5p: Writing #1
5-6p: Get ready for dinner
7-9p: Dinner on the Town
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
TUESDAY DAY THREE
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Filmmaking #2
12-1p: Lunch
1p-3p: Camera Tech #2
3-5p: Writing #2
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9:30p: Walking Tour of Downtown/Group Photo
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
WEDNESDAY DAY FOUR
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 1)
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 2)
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9:30p: Guest Filmmaker - Film Screening / Q&A
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
THURSDAY DAY FIVE
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 1)
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Intro to Editing Class / Start Editing
5:30 – 6:30: Dinner
7-9:30: Work Night - Editing
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
FRIDAY DAY SIX
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Final Edits
12-1p: Lunch
1-3:30p: Critique Rodriguez
3:30 - 5:00p: Pack and Clean
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9p: Final Showcase
  Wrap Party
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
SATURDAY DAY SEVEN
8-10a: Students Depart
  We will miss you!!
   

New York City Campus

3WK CINEMATOGRAPHY, MANHATTAN
Jun 25 - Jul 15, 2017 (Session 2)
Tuition:
$3895.00
Room & Board:
$2325.00
Ages:
15 - 19