There's plenty of resources, guides and tutorials for photographers and filmmakers to learn from online. But if you prefer a more face-to-face approach and enjoy hands-on experience with top-notch gear, you should really consider participating in the Visual Storytelling tour. Organized by Alex Buono, Oscar nominee and Director of Photography of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, the seminars and workshops promise to teach you advanced techniques for lighting, lens selection, blocking, camera movement, audio, workflow, camera settings, visual structure, and more. The tour takes place in several major cities in the US and you can purchase a full day ticket, or chose only the class you are interested in.
Each of these events takes 12 hours (with some lunch breaks) and it is divided into three parts:
The Daytime Cinematography Workshop provides an on-set learning experience, giving you a behind-the scenes look at the process I use in my filmmaking. I’ll show you how I deal with working in a fast turn-around environment like Saturday Night Live while still delivering my best work, so that you can do the same no matter what you shoot— from commercials, movies and documentaries to weddings, corporate videos and live events.
Hands-on hour with cutting edge gear:
We’re assembling some of the most buzzed-about new technology from NAB, including the new MōVI stabilized camera gimbal(!) along with the incredibly efficient Hive plasma-lights, the latest rigs from Kessler Crane and the entire lineup of Canon Cinema-EOS cameras. We will also have a 4K media management station setup so that you can walk through my workflow process for yourself.
and Visual structure seminar:
Inspired by the ground-breaking work of visual consultant Bruce Block, you will learn how to identify and control the seven core visual components of any image: SPACE, LINE, SHAPE, COLOR, TONE, MOVEMENT and RHYTHM. Using examples from my own work as well as from my filmmaking heroes, you will learn how the visual masters of filmmaking use these techniques to create their signature styles: from Stanley Kubrick (one-point perspective), to David Fincher (control of tonal range); from the Coen Brothers (shape motifs) to Wes Anderson (flat space and limited color palette).
If for any reason you cannot attend Alex's seminars, there's an option of purchasing DVD versions. For example the The Art of Visual Storytelling DVD Bundle ($349), which includes:
- Cinematography workshop DVD
- Visual structure seminar DVD
- The visual story by Bruce Block
- Free pass to 2014 NAB Show
If you want more info on Alex and his tour, or if you'd like to enlist, visit the Visual Storytelling Tour webpage.