Vancouver – Biz Books  is offering a rather unique opportunity to learn the art and craft of directing and cinematography from two of the best filmmakers in the film industry. 
This 2-Day Directing and Cinematography Course  with multi Emmy award winning director/cinematographer/producer, Michael W Watkins, featuring Emmy nominated cinematographer, Joel Ransom, will be an information filled and inspiring weekend for both novice and professional filmmakers.
In this seminar, attention will be focused on how director and cinematographer work together toward a goal in creating the ’Moment’ through exploration of scene visualization, actor staging, camera blocking, positing and movement, camera/actor choreography, color, lighting, shot size, lens choice to, ultimately, express the director’s vision for the overall look of the film.
The workshop will be beneficial to professional and amateur directors alike — film enthusiasts, cameramen, corporate and home video entrepreneurs. The course will also suit actors who want to establish their directing career.
The 2-day sessions will consist of lectures, discussions, screening of clips & analysis and practical demonstrations of camera angle, placement and movement, lighting, staging and blocking. (DV cameras will be used for demonstrations).
– What is a Director?
– Script Analysis & Breakdown
– Scene Breakdown
– Scene Staging and Blocking
– Scheduling the Shoot
– Directing Styles
– Interpreting and Choosing a Visual Style & Concept
– Creating Effective (Escalating) Sequences
– Directing and Getting a Good Performance from Actors
– Rehearsal Techniques
– Directing the Crew – Colours and Their Meanings
– Lens Choice
– Creative Lighting – Camera Techniques
– Composition Techniques
– Camera Blocking and Staging
– Camera angle, movement
– Camera/Actor choreography
– Creating Cinematic Look with DV
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus
515 Granville Street, Vancouver
August 15th & 16th, 2009
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Early Bird Price of $325 plus GST on now until July 15th 2009!
Regular Price $395 plus GST