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Cinematography 2
Location Sound
Master class
Film production 2

DIRECTING 2 (required: Directing 1 or equivalent)

  • Directing actors 

  • inside-out vs. outside-in acting techniques

  • director-actor communication 

  • working with actor on character development

  • improvisation technique

  • directing as translating character psychology into his/her behavior/action

  • psychologica beat vs. psychical beat

  • directing approaches to scene development: Elia Kazan vs. Mike Leigh

  • world directors: Bergman, Ray, Kurosawa, Kubrick

  • text analysis

  1. text & subtext

  2. beats

  3. dramatic arc 

  4. shift of power

  • character development and analysis

  1. conscious goal vs unconscious desire

  2. characterization vs. deep character

  3. character flaw

  4. back-story, character flaw, and story plot causal correlation

  5. given circumstances & character's emotional charge

  • blocking a scene

  • blocking pattern

  • working with the cinematographer on the visual style

  • development of a character-driven dialogue film project

    ROBERT TUTAK, MFA director, professor of film at the City University of New York

CINEMATOGRAPHY 2 (required: Cinematography 1 or equivalent)


  • Intensive advanced workshop in cinematography--comprised of lectures, presentations, hands-on exercises, in-group assignments, it covers: 

  1. Cinematography and the role of the cinematographer: - the artistic and technological elements of cinematography - how a cinematographer creates the "look" of the film - how a cinematographer changes the mood of the film 

  2. Cinematography during pre-production - collabortating with the director - previsualisation: finding the visual style of the film - planning the lighting situations to achieve a certain 'look' - selecting and testing film stock & filters - identifying equipment needs
  3. Cinematography during production - positioning the camera - composing the shot - setting up the lights 
  4. Cinematography during post-production - using special processing - communicating with the lab - communicating with the timer/grader 
  • advanced hands-on lighting exercises:

    • lighting a night interior-exterior scene  

    • lighting a daylight interior-exterior scene  

    • lighting or comedy, drama, horror

  • screening & lecture-presentation

  • a scene-by-scene analysis of a film – how the art, craft, and technological elements of cinematography tell the story, create the mood of the film, and help the actor deliver her character 

  • development of the visual style for the character-driven dialogue film project 

    RYSZARD LENCZEWSKI, BAFTA-winning and OSCAR-niminated cinematographer (MY SUMMER OF LOVE, IDA)


LOCATION SOUND (open to all)

  • ​location sound recording techniques (single vs. double system)

  • types of microphones & pick-up patterns

  • sound recorders & mixers

  • boom operations

  • working on the set 



  • Scene-by-scene analysis of films made by the MASTER CLASS faculty

  • Guiding Directing 2 and Cinematography 2 students through the process of development, preproduction, and production of a character-driven dialogue film



FILM PRODUCTION 2 (required: Directing 2, Cinematography 2 or prior expaerience)

Film Preproduction:

  • story development

  • casting

  • location scouting

  • pre-visualization

  • budgeting & scheduling

  • film crew functions

Principal Photography

  • blocking

  • lighting

  • shooting

  • working on the set: crew collaboration, set rules and ethos

Film Post-Production:

  • editing hardware & software operations

  • picture & sound editing techniques

  • editing the dialogue film project

  • sound design

  • color grading

    MASTER WORKSHOP faculty, directing, cinematography
    RYSZARD LENCZEWSKI, cinematography, color grading
    ROBERT TUTAK, directing
    ELLA SLOBODA, acting


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