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Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

VIVO Media Arts

Saturday, 20 April 2019 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, 21 April 2019 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee GST Quantity
Regular rate 22 Apr 2019 $170.00 $6.94 $8.85
VIVO Producer Member rate
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22 Apr 2019 $125.00 $5.37 $6.52

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 Capture Photography Festival & VIVO Media Arts Centre present


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. Limited space; please don't wait to sign up!

2 sessions, 12 hours total // $170, or $125 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

  Session 1: Sat, Apr 20 12pm-6pm
  Session 2: Sun, Apr 21, 12pm-6pm


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 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.

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, and participate in a series of exercises wherein you will get to experience first-hand how these styles of lighting and shooting are undertaken in a studio setting. Learn techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.



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




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This workshop is part of Capture Photography Festival.

Capture's inspiring programming runs the entire month of April! Check out their website for details.


Also check out other upcoming workshops at VIVO Media Arts Centre.


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

Saturday, 20 April 2019 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, 21 April 2019 at 6:00 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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