Cinematography Courses to Turn Your World Upside-Down

The best way to learn anything is to do it.

All the same, I admit it, I’m hooked! I can’t stop taking courses and going to seminars.

It’s so much a problem that in the past, there have been periods where I was simply signed up for too much and couldn’t attend it all.  I was so ashamed by this that I stopped attending anything at all for a while, believing myself cloaked in an unshakeable stigma as the phantom RSVPer.  Not any more.  Now I only sign up for things I don’t attend on facebook.

What brought me back into the stream of learning was a chance conversation with another cinematographer, then an observation in a friend’s career that certain courses took his work from OK to WOW, and voila. In the last 2 years I have attended too many seminars and courses to list on my resume.

For your own improvement, here’s a list of 5 places to find courses and seminars on cinematography in the GTA:

  1. SIRT / Sheridan / IATSE 667
  2. Canadian Society of Cinematographers
  3. Vistek’s annual ProFusion
  4. DOC Institute
  5. LIFT

And if you can travel or are based elsewhere, here are 5 places or spaces you can travel to learn even more:

  1. AFI
  2. Maine Media
  3. Concordia
  4. UCLA
  5. NYU

Toronto Film School and Vancouver Film School didn’t make the list, but here they are in print all the same.

Where do you go to learn more?