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Cinematography w/ Amy Belling *new date*

November 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >>

Cinematographer Amy Belling, csc will discuss the Director/Cinematographer relationship from finding the right creative partnership during the interview process to communication and how to discuss visuals during pre-production, production and post.

Script breakdown, the visual concept, shot listing, storyboarding, the Director/DOP/Production Designer trinity, location scouting, liaising with HOD’s, tech scouting and the cinematographer’s technical breakdown will be covered in pre-production. To ensure the creative team are all discussing the same visual world, the creation of the look book and the importance of camera tests will be emphasized. During production, the communication and working methodology between the Director/AD/DOP is key to getting the day, and achieving what everyone wants. How to plan for the priority shots and scenes, including timing, location moves, splinter units, blocking, lighting, rehearsing, shooting, and whether to go again or move on, as well as considerations regarding stunts, VFX and SFX. The cinematographers’ role in post-production will cover reviewing dailies, dailies stills, color correction and pickups. If it’s relevant to the audience, documentary cinematography will be touched on in regards to similarities/differences to narrative cinematography, as well as gear, crew, storytelling and approaches to the visual medium.

At the end of the day, the cinematographer works to realize the director’s vision through storytelling, creative collaboration, leadership, time management, the marriage of both the creative/technical and inspires each collaborator to bring their best ideas, ethics and talent to the table to create the visual language best suited to tell the story.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 15th 2021 *new date*
6pm – 10pm Pacific Time

Mentorship meetings Nov 16-17


Amy Belling csc is a Canadian Society of Cinematographers nominee and multiple Leo Award winning director of photography with an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Belling lensed the Disney and Freeform TV movie GHOSTING starring Aisha Dee, Kimiko Glenn and Kendrick Sampson for which she won the 2020 Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a TV movie; the theatrical US romantic comedy YOU CAN’T SAY NOstarring Peter Fonda, Marguerite Moreau and Hamish Linklater; the US indie A REMARKABLE LIFE, starring Daphne Zuniga, Helen Slater, Eric Roberts, John O’Hurley and Mark Margolis; as well as Telefilm theatrical features TWO 4 ONE (filmed in Victoria), STRESS POSITION and SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS, which was profiled in the American Cinematographer Magazine, premiered at TIFF and was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards. Belling’s documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada include BEAUTY by Christina Willings and the 2018 CSC nominee for Best Cinematography in a Docudrama HOLY ANGELS by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve. For Lifetime, Belling lensed Gail Harvey’s two films GONE MOM starring Annabeth Gish and DYING TO BELONG starring Shannen Doherty, as well as Stacey K. Black’s HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN starring Jill Scott; and for Hallmark Channel, Belling has shot Jessica Harmon’s MY BEST FRIEND’S BOUQUET and Christie Will Wolf’s FIVE STAR CHRISTMAS. She is the cinematographer on one upcoming episode of the Disney+ series TURNER & HOOCH, and will next shoot an episode of STATION 19. Belling’s first short films, WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER and THE SADDEST BOY IN THE WORLD, both by Jamie Travis, premiered at TIFF, SXSW, Slamdance, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Belling has an O-1 working visa in the US, is a Canadian and holds an EU passport from Finland. She is a Director of Photography/Camera Operator in IATSE 669.


November 15, 2021
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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