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Our Filmmaking Training is unique in that it covers both, Technical and Artistic aspects of Cinematic Expression.
The program consists of Lectures, Demos and an intensive hands-on with Light and Camera.
The main purpose is to demonstrate a method in the Process of Cinematic Expression. Students explore technical and artistic potential
of the Tools of Cinematic Expression by practicing the classic method of Film in the digital environment of RAW and/or LOG Exposure.
Cinematic Expression is an artisan-like process involving hands and mind of the cinematographer. Fundamental elements of visual
narration - Mood / Lighting Ratio / Exposure Ratio / Light Quality / Light Direction / Style cannot be "whisked out" from within the Raw,
unless they have been put in there by the cinematographer. Our workshops address specifics of classic techniques of film and their
application in digital cinematography. Cinematic Expression, just like any creative process relies on materialization of an idea.
In film as well as in digital cinematography it happens by lighting with Light Meter. Once the cinematographer enters the Floor, it
should be about the execution of preconceived idea rather than improvisation. In reality, very little of the basic and fundamental
elements of cinematic expression (Light Quality, Light Direction, Contrast Ratio, Lighting Ratio, Style) can be created "in the post"
through manipulation of the Raw image. Lastly, the "secret" of the real challenge is in the question of "Why" rather than "How".
To engage in the True Nature of the Creative Process, requires awareness of the Reasons behind Creative and Technical Choices.
In Quality Art, although they coexist - the Technical Choice is subservient to the Creative Idea (motivated by it) and not vice-versa.
We do demonstrate examples of such approach and explore an answer to a question "Why". Needless to say, there is a plethora of
possible, combinations of reasons... History of Art, Symbolism, Philosophy, Sense of Humor, Sense of Tragedy, Color, etc.
The workshop puts great deal of attention on development of one's personal style.
Seeing in one's mind and the ability to "bring it out" (Michelangelo) without improvising, constitutes the true nature of any creative
process. As such, it is an invaluable tool for Directors and Cinematographers in their pursuit of artistic self-expression.
The "What" is given in the script pages. It is in Director's and Cinematographer's discretion to relate to it with the combination of
creative and technical Choices that address the sought after quality of visual expression.
At Light Extreme Cinematic Expression Workshops we do aspire to make a contribution to student's sense of eloquence in Cinematic
Expression. Anyone with a desire to enter the "realm of beyond" in cinematic expression is encouraged to apply.