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Smartphone Filmmaking

Course Description:
The question is always asked: What’s the best camera to get if you want to develop your filmmaking skills?
The answer is: the one you already own.
Smartphone Filmmaking teaches you to leverage your smartphone, and turn it into a filmmaker’s Swiss Army Knife.
With a $14 software add-on, your phone evolves into a sophisticated DSLR filmmaking camera. You can creatively compose shots and scenes, and control light, colour, motion, focus, depth of field, frame rate and resolution. And audio.
You’ll learn the software, and the creative techniques that have turned smartphone filmmaking into its own genre.
The quality of work you can produce from your phone is remarkable; easily up to the standards of blogging, commercial and brand video work, documentary and narrative film work.
There are peripherals and gear that can raise your creative capabilities even further; such as add-on lenses, audio and lighting augmentation, steadicam gimbals and tripods. We’ll learn and review the gear, and consider the creative and cost-benefit value of each.
There are platforms and film fests for smartphone films. A number of established Hollywood directors have made the switch.
Kids and students can learn to put their smartphones to creative use; adults can learn to create video content for their brands, their business or their passions.
The chance to become a filmmaker... is already in your hands.

Instructor: Stephen Knifton
Location: Online. There are two sections, one for adults and one for teens.
Requirements: $14 software add-on
Tuition: $350
Note: Not available this semester


Intro To Digital Photography - The Decisive Moment

Course Description
This course will introduce students to the beginner functions of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) and digital cameras through a variety of class demos and presentations, as well as some engaging creative assignments. You’ll learn the basics on how to control your camera to create that perfect, visual image, with a focus on composition and lighting. This course will cover camera shooting techniques, image editing software, and the work of other contemporary photographers to help you learn and produce your own portfolio of exciting photographs. Whether your style is portraiture, landscape, or simply for the sake of posting to Instagram, participating in this course will give students the confidence using a digital camera and will be a great foundation for anyone who chooses photography as a hobby, college major or, ultimately, a career.

DSLR/digital camera (preferred) or iPhone camera
Access to a computer or laptop
Adobe Photoshop Software (Adobe Subcription)
Note: Not available this semester


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