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Framing & Composition

Starts October 13

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 10 am-5 pm

A filmmaker is a visual storyteller. In this course you’ll learn the basics of the visual language of cinema, including the rules of cinematic composition and technical concepts, from aspect ratios to types of shots and camera movements. We’ll look at American and international film, film theory, and conduct practical exercises in framing and composing shots. Through watching examples and practical exercises, we’ll cover conventions of framing (aspect ratios, lenses, depth of focus, rule of thirds/180-degree rule, types of shots, camera movements and angles) and how they achieve the desired affect of their use. Each convention or shot will be accompanied by a movie still for analysis.

This course will benefit aspiring directors, cinematographers, camera operators, and those who wish to pursue a filmmaking career and learn more about storytelling and narrative visual tools. Students will leave being able to approach their projects with a grasp of visual cinematic language. Bring a phone camera and charger for class exercises. There is a lunch break each session.

Tuition: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 low-income

Abdul Rahman Sakr (Falcon) is an Arab American filmmaker who recently completed his Masters in Filmmaking from London Film School. Prior to that he worked in the comedy industry as a performer and screenwriter in the Middle East and the U.S., where he studied improv at Second City and was able to create and write several shows and series that were broadcast on TV and online video platforms. He also was a video editor at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar. During his time in Doha, Falcon enrolled in a filmmaking course with the New York Film Academy and branched out into filmmaking, creating an online series, Harassing Sensei, with the author of The Gospel of Damascus, Omar Imady. Most recently Falcon directed Batul, a fiction short film based on a story by Omar Imady, which revisits the infamous chemical attack that happened on the 21st of August, 2013 in Ghouta, Syria.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal (online registrations, minus PayPal fee) or credit/debit card (phone or in person credit/debit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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October 13 @ 10:00 am
October 14 @ 5:00 pm
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Abdul Rahman Sakr (Falcon)
Registration Deadline
October 9, 2018
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2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 10 am-5 pm