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Next Step Camera Workshop

Cost: 249€
225€ for Students and participants over 65 years old
Max number of Participants: 8 people


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Product Description

Sat. Jun. 15th – 09:00 – 18:00
Sun. Jun. 16th – 09:00 – 18:00
Space Meduza, Skalitzer Str. 80 10997 Berlin

If you’re looking to advance your filmmaking knowledge by learning the tools and techniques that will get your camera knowledge ready for a film set, this workshop will help you take several big steps down that road. You will learn not just the camera technology, but also how to apply it, because while filmmaking is very technical, that technical knowledge is only a means to an end. Knowing how to navigate the camera settings and quickly prep a camera for shooting gives you more time to spend on the creative aspects of filmmaking such as framing, choosing the appropriate lens and practicing camera movement to make each shot work as effectively as possible to tell the overall story.

This workshop is for people who already have the basics of how to use a camera under their belt and will take your knowledge to the next level by teaching you the tools, techniques and information you need to work with a professionally rigged camera for use on a film set.

This will be a heavily hands on workshop that will be a mix of information, demonstration and practical exercise. You will learn how to setup a film camera, what all the parts do, many of the camera settings and how they are used in different shooting situations.Together as a team we will plan out and shoot a pre-scripted scene. This will be a collaborative effort with me acting as director. However, before planning the shoot we will review camerawork theory, which will have been covered more in depth in the First Step Camera WorkshopWe will then looking at lighting diagrams, storyboards and shot lists to better understand how we can break our scene down into the individual shots that best tell our story, creating a shot list to efficiently utilize a film set’s most valuable currency, time. This exercise will familiarize you not only with technical camera information, but also how to operate quickly in order to allow more time for creativity.

The workshop will be taught in English and will be limited to 10 participants to give everyone the opportunity to have as much hands on time as possible.

Everyone in the class will get the opportunity to setup the cinema camera, use all the accessories, such as the follow focus, and shoot part of the scene.

Unlike the First Step Camera Workshop, you do not need to bring your own camera, though it doesn’t hurt to have it on hand if you have one. If you would like to attend both workshops, the price for both workshops is 449€.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to reach out to me at alexdepew@gmail.com.


Day 1

Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 09:00 – 18:00

Cameras used in professional filmmaking

Mid-level and pro-level Film Cameras
What to look for when renting equipment
Event, documentary, and narrative camera choices at different budgets

Codecs and bidepth

Raw, Log, compressed codecs
Picture profiles and LUT’s
Bit depth explained
Sensor size and crop factor
Dynamic range explained

Exposure and exposure tools

False color, Waveform, Histogram, Zebras
Protecting your highlights
Exposing your subject correctly – skin tones
Light meters & lighting ratios with demonstration
Maintaining consistency between shots


Wireless follow focus – setup and use
Focus monitor and peaking
Creating marks and measuring distance

Tools of the trade & misc camera knowledge dump

Filters – filters you can’t replicate in post & when to use which filter
Tripods and heads
Slating (clapper) and set commands
Video Village monitor setup
High capacity batteries – powering everything
Rolling shutter and moire – how to minimize their effect
Pushing footage until it breaks to learn your camera’s limits

Building up a cinema camera package for a shoot

Build up the Sony FS7 – cinema lenses, follow focus, focus monitor, wireless transmitter,  & video village monitor.
In camera settings  – white balance, frame rate, shutter speed, exposure

Day 2

Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 09:00 – 18:00

Test of Day 1 knowledge

Review & Q&A

Scene Breakdown

Breaking down the scene we will be shooting
Shot list, storyboard analysis, lighting diagrams
Determining which shots to group together & why
Knowing the sun’s position and planning accordingly
Estimating time for each shot setup

Setting up the camera in a group

One team will work together to setup the camera to be ready to shoot.
One team will come up with the shooting schedule and shot list, determining how much of the script they think they can accomplish in 2.5 hours. The last team will work on directing the actors.

Shooting the scene

Shoot the scripted scene using the schedule and shot list.
Director in video village, camera operator, 1st assistant camera (focus puller), 2nd assistant camera, assistant director. We will rotate so everyone gets a chance to perform each role.

Review of the footage

Evaluate the footage together

Conducted in English.
Previous experience is required.
You do not need to bring your camera, but it can’t hurt.

About the Workshop Leader

Hi, I’m Alex DePew and I will be your Sherpa, guiding you on this adventure. I have been working in the film industry for over 14 years and have led several filmmaking workshops. I absolutely looooooove teaching newbies the ropes. I get tons of joy when I see someone light up when they make a connections between what I am teaching and something they have seen in a movie. And when they apply that to their own film it is a thing of beauty.

I am a Cinematographer and Gaffer working on shorts and commercials. For the 12 years before coming to Berlin I worked on both large and small sets in various roles. I have worked with all kinds of cameras from old school 16mm film cameras up to the Alexa Mini and the offerings from Red. I started out in New York City working my way up the ladder, starting as a one-man-band, where I produced, shot and edited content for small commercial projects. I eventually got onto larger commercials in the camera department as a camera assistant. After doing that for several years I moved to New Zealand and continued to work on ever larger projects including commercials for Samsung, New Balance, Corona, Adidas and a host of other large companies. All the time I was always working on the skills I would need to become a good Cinematographer by shooting shorts and helping directors realize their visions.

Together with Linda Paganelli we run the Berlin Independent Film Community, a community of filmmakers and people interested in film. We host events such as Drink, Watch, Talk and the Pitch and Planning Session. We are nearly 4,000 people strong at the time I’m writing this.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workshop, reach out to me at alexdepew@gmail.com.

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Standard Ticket, Senior Ticket, Student Ticket


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