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Intro to Camera & Lighting for Women*

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Sunday, March 3, 2019
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Friday, May 24, 2019
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For self-identified women and non-binary people: learn to shoot stunning videos with the help of cinematographer Paige Smith!

This hands-on intro workshop is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who are looking to learn the fundamentals of cinematography. It combines theory and practice of cinematography, and is structured around breaking down the common barriers that women and non-binary folks face when accessing this men-dominated field of practice.

Basic technical aspects of camera operation and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using VIVO’s Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, Panasonic UX-180 4K, Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

Session Dates:

Sun, Mar 3, 2019 - 11am—2pm
Fri, May 24, 2019 - 4pm—7pm

Topics covered:

  • camera functions (lens choice, shutter speed, aperture, ISO/gain, sensors, resolution, focus, frame rate, white balance, filters and more)
  • lighting qualities (softness, directionality, colour, motiviation, intensity, movement, texture and more);
  • framing choices (camera height, camera stabilization, field of view, continuity, and more)
  • making decisions and communicating as a cinematographer or director

Alongside these technical skills, you’ll learn cinematography terms and their meanings to better communicate your vision with your team members.

You’ll also explore marginalized filmmakers, with examples and discussion framed around a historical understanding of sexism, racism and ableism within the field of cinematography and mainstream visual language.

About the 
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Paige Smith is an experimental filmmaker, media artist, and podcaster based in the territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. She received a BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University in 2018.

Paige’s artwork has recently been shown at the Dawson City Film Festival (20), Vines Art Festival (20), Richmond World Festival (19), and Victoria Shorts Film Festival (19). She also produces two arts and culture podcasts, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement’s podcast Below the Radar, and Sad Hill Media’s podcast Film Formally.

Alongside her artistic practices, Paige works as an arts educator. She has previously instructed at VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and The Cinematheque. She has taught classes in cinematography and podcasting techniques.

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