The Film Mind: Advanced Cinematography and Direction

Austin FilmWorks is now accepting student registrations for the Fall
2013 course “The Film Mind: Advanced Cinematography and Directing.”

26 July 2013 – Austin, TX — The Film Mind: Advanced Cinematography and Directing course from Austin FilmWorks blends an in-depth examination of current large sensor digital cinematography with classic filmmaking techniques, both technical and aesthetic. The core tools of cinematography: lenses, filters, exposure and lighting are melded with the discipline of classic film grammar and directorial technique to prepare completely to make accomplished films.

Threaded through the course are the concepts and ideas of the great directors of the last century, including: David Lean, Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa. Their work and ideas inform many of the concepts reviewed in class and students will be required to view films outside of class and do assigned readings in addition to technical reading and assignments directly related to the work of the course.

The course focuses on three phases: Preparation: idea, script, visual narrative approach, design and story boarding. Shooting: directing, blocking, lighting and cinematography. Editing: progressive cuts, image color correction and timing, mixing and finishing. Each student will create an individual one-minute film and collaborate on a seven minute short made by groups of five.

Requirements: Students must have access to a camera and editing for the one-minute film. Camera, sound, lighting and grip equipment will be provided for the group film. The course objective is to produce excellent work and provide a framework for the student to move forward creatively. Class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00.

Steve Mims on the set of the feature film ARLO & JULIE with the Canon Cinema EOS C100.
ARLO & JULIE is currently in post-production. (Photo by Rebecca Rodriguez)

Steve Mims is an award-winning Austin filmmaker and teacher (University of Texas at Austin and Austin FilmWorks) whose award-winning short films, music videos and features have screened widely on television, at film festivals and theatrically.

For more information about THE FILM MIND visit Attend an informational Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 to meet Steve and learn more about the class. You may also contact Steve via email: stevemims at earthlink dot net.


Austin FilmWorks presents
Fall Sep. 3rd – Dec. 3rd (12 weeks)
Informational Orientation Meeting: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:30pm
Location: Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 East 51st. St., Austin Texas 78723
Course fee: $960


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