Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

Devan Scott

Thu, Mar 5, 2020
Thu, Mar 12, 2020
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott


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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.

13.5 hours total over 3 sessions // $145, or $105 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST) 


Extended subsidy available for this workshop. See registration page for link to application.


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 Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Ellen Kuras (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), Vilmos Zsigmond (MCCABE & MRS MILLER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others

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. 

We'll break down techniques such as lighting, composition, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection into component parts and examine how creative decisions can be structured and visual languages formed.


Session Dates
Session 1
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 530pm—10pm
Session 2
Thu, Mar 12, 2020 530pm—10pm
Session 3
Thu, Mar 19, 2020 530pm—10pm
Instructor Profile

Devan Scott

Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. To see his portfolio, visit