DIY Cinematography: Utilizing Pre-Production For Your Film's Success

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Jonathan Pope

Webinar hosted by: Jonathan Pope

Cinematographer

Jonathan Pope is a Los Angeles based Cinematographer and Motion Graphics/Title Designer, born in Morristown, NJ, and raised in the Atlanta, GA, suburbs with an eye for dynamic lighting and camera angles that both enhance and propel the most important aspect of all . . . the story. Jonathan earned his MFA in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Digital Filmmaking from Georgia Southern University. His cinematography work spans features, shorts, music videos, commercials, documentaries, and web series, including THE JOSH ROBERT THOMPSON SHOW - an improv variety TV pilot starring Josh Robert Thompson (THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON) - THE FAME GAME - a dark-comedy pilot starring Mali Monae, Kristanna Loken, Kevin Farley, and Adrienne Wilkinson - AFTER HOURS - a short drama exhibited at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival - and HOLD ON - a dramatic feature film with Beth Grant, Luis Guzman, Maurice Benard, and Flavor Flav. His accolades include the 2011 Charles Lang Endowed Scholarship for Cinematography, the 2012 Thomas B. Bush Memorial Scholarship for Cinematography, the official University of Southern California nomination for the 2012 KODAK Cinematography Scholarship, and the USC submission to the 2013 ASC Heritage Award, and a DGA Best Cinematography nomination for the comedic short film CHICKEN SUIT. Full Bio »

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The job of the Cinematographer is to bring the Director’s vision to life. As a DP, your work is silent, but can speak volumes. You are both craftsman and technician - needing to have a keen eye as well as a sharp understanding of your tools.

Few tools are more important to the Cinematographer than Pre-Production. It’s an often overlooked and underutilized process that can save your production immense amounts of heart ache, heartache, and money.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, LA-based Director of Photography, Jonathan Pope, will guide you through the Cinematographer’s vital role in Pre-Production. He'll discuss a variety of processes within pre-production, including compiling a lookbook, choosing your camera, location scouting, creating a shot list and overheads, and much more. You'll get a breakdown of the basics and discuss tips and tricks on how the Director of Photography can help the production avoid some common (and sometimes very costly) pitfalls from Jonathan's own experience. He will use documents and case studies from his most recent projects to give you an inside look at the preparation it takes to ensure you get that cinematic look on any budget. 

Whether you're shooting your first feature film, your passion-project short film, your tenth music video, or you're just branching into the commercial world, this webinar will benefit both indie Directors and Cinematographers. 

***All attendees will receive examples of lookbooks, shot lists and camera/lighting overheads so you will be able to create your own!

What You'll Learn

  • What is Pre-Production and why is it important?
  • Preface/The Name of the Game: Collaboration & Communication.
    • You are not a lone ranger (most of the time). Filmmaking is a team effort.
  • The First Meeting/Interview.
    • Reading the script.
    • What to have ready.
  • Establishing the visual language of your film.
    • The Basics of Creating a Look Book.
      • Lighting & Tone
      • Composition & Aspect Ratio
    • Example of Look Books:
      Last Resort - Lighting & Tone Book
      Without You - Lighting & Tone Book
    • Working with the Production Designer.
    • Examples of lookbooks used in Jonathan's own projects
  • Choosing your camera. 
    • Jonathan will give you a look at the equipment he prefers to use when shooting.
    • Go over the Basics
      • Format (Film or Digital) & Resolutions
      • Single camera? Two Cameras? More?
      • Focal Length / Depth of Field
      • Choosing your lenses: Anamorphic v. Spherical
  •  Location Scouting
    • What makes a good location?
    • What should you consider and look for?
    • Who from your team should go?
  • Creating the Shot List
    • What information should you include? The more the better!
    • Example of Shot List:
      Hold On (Feature) - Shot List template
  • Creating the Camera/Lighting Overheads.
    • Why are these important?
    • Camera/Lighting Overheads
      Without You (Short) - Overheads
      Hold On (Feature) - Overheads
  • It's time to shoot!
    • How this prep translates to a smooth production?

Plus, an in-depth Q&A with Jonathan!

About Your Instructor

Jonathan Pope is a Los Angeles based Cinematographer and Motion Graphics/Title Designer, born in Morristown, NJ, and raised in the Atlanta, GA, suburbs with an eye for dynamic lighting and camera angles that both enhance and propel the most important aspect of all . . . the story.

Jonathan earned his MFA in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Digital Filmmaking from Georgia Southern University.

His cinematography work spans features, shorts, music videos, commercials, documentaries, and web series, including THE JOSH ROBERT THOMPSON SHOW - an improv variety TV pilot starring Josh Robert Thompson (THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON) - THE FAME GAME - a dark-comedy pilot starring Mali Monae, Kristanna Loken, Kevin Farley, and Adrienne Wilkinson - AFTER HOURS - a short drama exhibited at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival - and HOLD ON - a dramatic feature film with Beth Grant, Luis Guzman, Maurice Benard, and Flavor Flav.

His accolades include the 2011 Charles Lang Endowed Scholarship for Cinematography, the 2012 Thomas B. Bush Memorial Scholarship for Cinematography, the official University of Southern California nomination for the 2012 KODAK Cinematography Scholarship, and the USC submission to the 2013 ASC Heritage Award, and a DGA Best Cinematography nomination for the comedic short film CHICKEN SUIT.

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