Digital Filmmaking Workshop by Alister Chapman

From: 09/02/2018 02:00 pm
To: 10/02/2018 06:00 pm (Past Event)

Venue : AM Studio
Location : Warehouse No. 4, St. 8, Alley 83, Al Quoz 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Advanced Media invites you to participate in its upcoming Digital Filmmaking Workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Alister Chapman DOP, Filmmaker & Blogger from UK. 

Course outline:

Day 1 – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

  • Creative Composition: In this session we will take a look at important aspects of how to compose and frame for the moving image. Using case studies we will look at at how to apply classic methods such as the rule of thirds, power points, looking space as well as other techniques that will help improve the aesthetics of the scenes you shoot.
  • Cine style lighting: Lighting and the control of light is critical to good looking images. In this workshop we will see how lights, reflectors and flags can be used to control light to control contrast. We will also look as some of the key differences between lighting used in typical video applications compared to lighting used in film productions.  
  • HDR - High Dynamic Range. HDR is one of the hottest topics in the film and video world today. But it is not always well understood. HDR is already here and in the next few years it will become a normal way to shoot and deliver films and videos. Learn what HDR is and what it’s going to mean to you. How to shoot HDR, deliver HDR and some of the problems that you may encounter.


Day 2 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 

  • Gamma and Color: In this workshop we will look at how gamma and color settings alter the look of the captured image. Learn about some of the limitations of standard gamma curves, how gamma curves work and how to adjust things like the knee. Learn about what a color space is and how using different colorspaces can effect your workflow. 
  • Log and Raw: Following on from session 4 we take a look at the differences between standard gammas and log gammas. Log gammas behave very differently to standard gamma curves and understanding how they work will help you get the very best from any log camera. We will discuss the differences between log and raw as well as how to use EI or “Exposure Index” methods to offset the exposure for the optimum results in different lighting situations. 
  • Putting it all together: Using the methods shown in previous sessions,  we will shoot a couple of test scenes exploring different lighting and exposure techniques. Different gammas and color spaces will be used and the material saved for the final session. 
  • Creating the “Film Look”:  In this post production session using the footage shot in session 6 as well as other sample footage we will look at how to grade log footage, how to work with HDR footage and how to create the summer blockbuster look. We will learn the dfference between conventional workflows and color managed workflows including ACES. The session will explore 3 very different modern post production workflows. Grading using LUT’s, grading using a color managed workflow and grading log using a density or “S” curve. We will also look at some of the "tricks of the trade” that colorists can use to enhance story the story telling. Finally, we will look at producing HDR videos and some of the problems that may be encountered.


Event Details


  • Date & time:       09/02/2018 - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

                                        10/02/2018 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Registration Fee: AED 700 (190 USD)