Cinematography for Directors, Producers and Screenwriters

Learn to extract the core of your scene and deliver it visually

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What you'll learn

This workshop was designed specifically for film & TV directors, producers and screenwriters. It is modeled after and designed by the creator of lessons at the best film schools in the world.

Make the subtext visible

Extract the emotional core from any scene and create a concise definition of the subtext for the purpose of creating impactful images. Learn how to use it in the process of collaboration and when developing a visual strategy for your film. We will practice these techniques by reviewing actual scenes and back engineer them to isolate the decisions made by the director and cinematographer.

Design a visual strategy instead of shots

A visual strategy leads the audience to predefined moments in your story, following a path you created. It starts with identifying those moments and deciding how they should be emphasized. We will learn how to do this for written scenes and watch examples from brilliant films.

Use the camera to create narrative perspectives

Every shot in a movie embeds a perspective. Learn how to harness this powerful tool to either place your audience in the mind of your character or let them observe it from afar. Then, learn how to handle multiple perspectives in a single scene and use the camera to shift from one to another.

Pick the right lens for your story

What focal length is the right one for the story? It has little to do with the area covered by the lens. Learn how master cinematographers and directors decide which lens to use, and see the differences between them. Characteristics such as flare, distortion and perspective and discussed and others, such as sharpness, demystified. 

Create impactful compositions

Learn how the human visual system influences our gaze and use these principles effectively in designing compositions. From use of contrast in lighting to hidden lines and shapes which guide our eyes, as well as advanced use of color in a composition, we will explore different techniques and make them accessible for you to use in any film.

Move the camera purposefully

How do we watch a scene when the camera is stationary vs. when it’s moving? How to control the pace information is delivered and create an experience by moving the camera? What are the different methods for camera movement and how to decide which one to use? All these questions and many more are answered.

Lead a team designing a visual strategy

Guide your collaborators in discovering visual choices that tell your story, regardless of your technical experience or theirs. Gain confidence in your vision and draw from your collaborator’s experience to execute it.

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Watch the first video in the series. No credit card or registration required.

price option <div class="editor-content"><p>8 VIDEOS - 6 MONTH RENTAL</p></div>



One time payment for a 4.5 hour workshop

What are people saying

"Now I feel confident expressing my vision. It changed the way I see cinematography as a director."

<div class="editor-content"><p>Lorena R. Valencia</p></div>, <div class="editor-content"><p>Producer, Writer &amp; Director</p></div>

Lorena R. Valencia

Producer, Writer & Director

"Tal opened my understanding of visual storytelling, which even improved my screenwriting!"

<div class="editor-content"><p>Jakari Lister</p></div>, <div class="editor-content"><p>Writer &amp; Director</p></div>

Jakari Lister

Writer & Director

"Tal bridges the gap between the practical and creative sides of cinematography, making lessons both informative and inspiring!"

<div class="editor-content"><p>Hazel McKibbin</p></div>, <div class="editor-content"><p>Writer &amp; Director</p></div>

Hazel McKibbin

Writer & Director