As a Director you will learn how to be a storyteller visually. You’ll be responsible for casting your vision and painting it onto the screen. The Director is the driving creative force in a film’s production, and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical, and creative teams. Directors are responsible for translating the film’s written script into actual images and sounds on the screen–he or she must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality. You’ll also become skilled at how to pull strengths out of the people you work with and get the best performance out of them.
Discover the world through the lens of a professional camera. Become skilled at how to use it to paint the screen. As a Director of Photography, see things through the use of creative angles and artistic composition.
In the field: shoot scripted films, be part of a huge camera crew covering stadium events, learn to shoot documentaries, and work with some of today’s most popular Christian music artists.
In the studio: shoot a weekly half-hour television program.
In all situations: learn to shoot for the edit.
Create and light sets using a three-point lighting system with accessories including gels, gobos, flags, etc. Learn how to create the right atmosphere and mood using different colors, contrasting highlights, shadows, and patterns, and how to light a green screen for compositing. Apply lighting theory as you design lighting schemes for interviews, shoots on location, and ENG (Electronic News Gathering) field shooting.
In the field: handle microphones, remote mixers, and manage the audio as it’s captured live in-camera for interviews, scripted shoots, sound FX, and live events.
In post: learn to mix and sweeten on Pro Tools, then lay it back to video.
Also, engineer the recording of voice-over artists as they make projects come alive.
A Grip’s responsibility is to build and maintain all the equipment that supports cameras. This equipment, which includes tripods, dollies, tracks, jibs, cranes, and static rigs, is constructed of delicate yet heavy-duty parts requiring a high level of experience to operate and move. Every scene in a project is shot using one or more cameras, each mounted on complex, extremely expensive, heavy–duty equipment. Grips assemble this equipment according to meticulous specifications and push, pull, mount, or hang it from a variety of settings. The equipment can be as basic as a tripod standing on a studio floor, or more hazardous operations such as mounting a camera on the jib. Grips work closely with the Director and the Director of Photography to ensure that all positioning or movement of cameras is achievable. Grips are usually responsible for pushing the dolly and must create smooth movements that do not distract from the onscreen action.
Gaffers are in charge of all the electrical work on a production, leading the team who install the lighting equipment and arrange the power supply in order to create the desired lighting effects. Gaffers work closely with the Director of Photography to visualize in a practical way the “look” they are trying to achieve. Gaffers help in the selection of the best lights and equipment for the production.
They must be able to suggest and interpret ideas, and develop a thorough knowledge of a wide range of equipment and of its operation. They position the equipment and operate the lights during the shoot. Gaffers need to be committed to completing the job, often in difficult circumstances.
Production Assistants are the backbone of any production team. They do whatever is needed, performing small but important tasks in the office, around the set, and on location. Their duties may involve anything from office administration to crowd control, and from public relations to cleaning up locations. Production Assistants are assigned by the Producer and by other production staff, such as the Production Manager, to assist wherever they are needed on productions. Their responsibilities vary considerably depending on where they are needed. Duties typically include: arranging lunches, dinners, and transportation, photocopying, general office administration, and distributing production paperwork. On-set duties typically include: acting as a courier, helping to keep the set clean and tidy, and distributing call sheets and other paperwork. On location shoots, Production Assistants may also be required to help to coordinate the extras, and to perform crowd control duties.