“I had just wrapped a series at the beginning of the Summer and knew I had a couple months off coming up, I saw Rob advertise his new course and I thought it to be a no brainer. I’m not one for taking too much time off, I like to continue researc...”→Read More
“I had just wrapped a series at the beginning of the Summer and knew I had a couple months off coming up, I saw Rob advertise his new course and I thought it to be a no brainer. I’m not one for taking too much time off, I like to continue researching and learning and Rob’s course is the perfect platform to do this. Because of the bite size clips, I could take in the information and review what I had just learned without being overawed. I could jump in and out at my leisure and it was easy to go back and watch the clips again to get back up to speed. I love the idea of adapting the curve to everything I see, this way I can reverse engineer the lighting easily in pretty much anything I see. This has really helped me not only in pre-production with reference images, but also understanding how to adapt them and find a visual style for whatever I want to shoot. All of Rob’s suggested reading and viewing is great, although I had known about most of it, he has introduced me to some new films, books and artists which I have enjoyed immensely. In conclusion, I can not recommend this course enough, with the enjoyable and easy to understand bite size videos, you will begin to understand more about how to utilise the potential of your cameras sensor to create wonderful visuals using the characteristic curve.”→Read Less
More than 3hrs of Video presentations with Rob sharing his 40+ years of experience with insights into developing visual style, maintaining lighting continuity, how to prepare thoroughly, and much more. DEPENDING ON YOUR LEVEL OF COMMITMENT TO LEARN THE COURSE WILL KEEP YOU BUSY FOR 10-15HRS.....AND HOPEFULLY FOR THE REST OF YOUR CAREER.
Exercises to develop your skills.
A pdf e-course book with all the slides, graphs, diagrams and charts, you can download and use for notes
A look at Rob’s script notes and sketches from several productions.
A Quiz at the end of each Chapter to test your knowledge.
A viewing list of films you should watch before, during and after the course.
A reading list.
24/7 Access to Rob to ask any questions you may have.
An accompanying forum where you can discuss the material presented with other cinematographers and Rob.
Ron Sill, Chief Lighting Technician. ARRI LIGHTING
Some of the employers of Rob’s past course attendees...
“I had the oportunity to meet
Rob in Maine in an Advanced Cinematography Workshop he was teaching.
With an incredible sense of humor and lots of knowloge he is one of the best mentors I have ever had.
We still keep in touch , and I keep learning from every chat we have!”
“I had the great opportunity to attend Rob’s HD Masterclass, a few years ago in Singapore. He made the workshop learning environment comfortable and easy for everyone to ask questions. There were no technical seniority lines drawn. He was very approachable and willing to share whatever he knew readily.
What made this class valuable was, he was current, being a working and practicing cinematographer, his ideas were fresh and realistic, keeping up with the times. I am sure Anyone attending this “Old Dog” classes would take away more than just camera and lighting skills.”
“Working with our really talented instructor DoP Rob Draper, one of the pioneers of Digital
Cinematography, was an amazing experience that shaped and developed my skills as a
cinematographer. My filming evolved from that experience and I learned many things I still
use today as I work in the Finnish film industry.
The course was very technical due to the new digital cameras. The best part was Rob’s explanation of the artistic side and learnig how to get a more film like appearance with the new technology.
Rob is very open professional. He is extremely creative and positive and it was inspiring to work in his leadership.”
CHAPTER 1: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: (6 VIDEOS)-
This Chapter focuses on an easy to understand description of the techniques you need to get the most out of any camera system, understand precisely the impact your lighting has and how it will be interpreted by your camera.
CHAPTER 2: CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHER: (3 VIDEOS) - This Chapter focuses on an understanding of how to develop your creative style. You will never have the fear of not knowing where to start again. You will develop a newfound confidence using this innovative and easy to understand approach.
CHAPTER 3: THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: (3 VIDEOS) - This Chapter explains how it all works. Putting all the techniques from Chapter 1 together with the creative elements of Chapter 2. Giving you the confidence and the tools you need to drive your Cinematography into exciting new areas.
IN ADDITION: Each Chapter ends with a short QUIZ so you can check how you are doing before progressing to the next Chapter. At the end of Chapter 3, in addition to the QUIZ, there is a VIDEO outlining practice exercises you can do to further develop the skills you have learned. And for those who purchased the course before July 1st there are the 3 BONUS Videos.
I am an Internationally recognized Director of Photography, widely known as a risk taker and innovator, whose work has won numerous awards on three continents.
From early beginnings shooting TV news, 42 years ago, I rose through the ranks in documentaries, TV commercials, TV series, mini-series, tele-features and feature films. I have worked for all the major Hollywood studios and networks, as well as many independent filmmakers, in every budget category.
Over the years I have also photographed many Independent Features including the widely successful “The Spitfire Grill” which won the Audience Award at Sundance more recently I am Director of Photography on the hugely successful CREEPSHOW TV Series, currently shooting Season 2 with longtime pal Greg Nicotero of The Walking Dead.
Driven by a desire to share my knowledge, I have taught workshops worldwide to more than 3000 Cinematographers.
This course represents a distillation of those years of experience into compact series of videos to pass on some of the most important skills for a Cinematographer.
Should you have questions at any time you can EMAIL ME
"This course does not teach you what you want....
it present's you with what you need"
BONUS VIDEO 1
THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA
A discussion on the use and misuse of the moving camera.
Camera movement has become a huge part of filmmaking with the easy access to drones, steadicam, moving camera rigs, stabilizers, etc. BUT all this camera movement does not translate to better storytelling.
This video presents how a moving camera impacts the storytelling, the “grammar” of the shot and the attitude of the audience.
BONUS VIDEO 2
RESOLUTION & THE ECU
As camera resolutions get higher the use of the close-up and extreme close-up get more frightening and less frequent.
This has a detrimental impact on storytelling as these two types of shot are critical to building drama.
This video discusses the significance of the CU and ECU in dramatic storytelling and describes several ways of controlling ever increasing resolution with filters, lighting and exposure technique.
BONUS VIDEO 3
HOW TO USE FILTERS
Depending on the visual style of your project filters may be necessary to control the look and resolution of the image.
Many people think using filters is simply a matter of slapping them on the lens and shooting but the effective use of filters requires a thorough understanding of many elements.
This video outlines the use of filters in relation to some of those elements including lighting, flares, focal length, resolution.
Barbara, H (Director of Photography) - NYC, USA
“His approach is totally unusual and not at all what I expected. My first thought was why do I need this, but I learned more about the art of my profession and how to structure my approach to future projects, than in my previous 20 years”
Philippe, D - (Director) - Strasbourg, France
“Rob is a fantastic teacher and an extremely experienced DP. He knows his stuff and can effectively communicate his ideas”.
Gary, S. (Director of Photography) - Seattle, WA. USA
The difference with this course is it focuses on the ART of cinematography by applying the most critical part of the technology to the creative process. All without getting bogged down in technicalities.
It avoids long discussions of camera’s, lenses, data rates, storage, camera support and post by explaining precisely what is needed for creative cinematography and then showing each participant how to apply that knowledge to their craft.
No more imitating what others are doing. You will have the knowledge and understanding to create your own vision with YOUR signature.
It clearly defines how Cinematographers can mould themselves as artists, not technicians.
““Rob’s teachings not only gave me an understanding of the craft of cinematography, but the art and language. I credit his course in giving me a foothold in the industry”.”
“I went to study in Maine almost 30 years ago and did not know how a 4-week workshop could teach me so much. Studying with Rob was a fascination for me from the first moment I saw him.
He taught me to look at light like the good painters, and it accompanied me all the way in my professional career. The calmness, the quiet, and the patience, he has allowed me to better understand the profession, which I think is the most important thing to succeed.”
If you think this is for you purchase the Full Course for only $129. (Payment Plan also available)
That’s right, a fraction of the cost of the majority of workshops and seminars.
Cinematography - Taking Command of the Craft