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Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

VIVO Media Arts

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 at 5:30 PM - Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

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Regular rate 30 Apr 2018 $170.00 $8.24 $8.91 Add to Waitlist
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30 Apr 2018 $125.00 $6.22 $6.56

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Cinematography: Ways of Seeing




Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography. 



Back by high demand: please don't wait to sign up!

3 sessions, 13.5 hours total // $170, or $125 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST) 

Session 1: Tue Apr 10, 5:30pm-10pm
Session 2: Tue Apr 17, 5:30pm-10pm
Session 3: Tue Apr 24, 5:30pm-10pm


One extended subsidy for this workshop available:


Prerequisite: Participants must have basic knowledge of rudimentary camera operation, such as exposure and focus, though a very brief review will be provided. Participants seeking an introduction to rudimentary camera operation should consider taking VIVO’s Camera Lights Sound workshop.


Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You'll analyze how specific styles, such as those used by Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others have developed over time, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

Each day, you'll examine visual idioms from different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of '70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters. Then, you’ll shoot a scene in the style of the cinematographer being discussed, using techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.


By the end of the workshop, you will have shot a few test scenes demonstrating what you've learned, and will have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other film visualists.


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Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit




Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!


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Vivo Media Arts
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 at 5:30 PM - Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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