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:
- SIRT / Sheridan / IATSE 667
- Canadian Society of Cinematographers
- Vistek’s annual ProFusion
- DOC Institute
And if you can travel or are based elsewhere, here are 5 places or spaces you can travel to learn even more:
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?