Event Details

  • Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 | 1:00pm-5:00pm

    What You Will Learn:

  • What makes a composition "beautiful?"

  • How do different arrangements create different emotions in the viewer?

  • What makes a scene powerful, or wistful, or upsetting?

  • Headroom, leadroom, and camera operating. We will demonstrate examples with a DSLR and monitor.

  • The importance of the background and the architecture in achieving strong compositions.

  • The different lenses in cinematography, including long lenses, rack focusing, and wide angles. Depth of field.

  • We will view various film clips to see how they are commonly used, and we will demonstrate examples with a DSLR and monitor.

  • We will create some "weak" compositions with a DSLR camera and monitor, and demonstrate how to make them more powerful.

  • Camera and actor choreography: the dynamic aspect of composition and one of the things that gives film its distinct appeal. We will illustrate how to move the camera; how to move the actors, and how to move them together. The use of the zoom lens will also be discussed and demonstrated.

  • We will view various scenes from famous films, and dissect their use of choreography.

  • With the use of a DSLR camera and monitor, we will demonstrate the various techniques of camera/actor choreography.

  • Peter Stein, ASC has worked on over 50 feature films, TV movies, and documentaries. Peter Stein, ASC has photographed classic cult films in various genres, including comedy and horror, as well as major studio and independent releases, and noted documentaries.

    One of his first feature films as a Director of Photography was the horror film classic Friday the 13th Part 2, the second largest grossing film in 1981 for Paramount. He then went on to shoot the literary comedy Reuben, Reuben for 20th Century Fox, which was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor, Tom Conti, and Best Screenplay, Julis Epstein (Casablanca), and was the film debut of the actress Kelly McGillis.

    Among other horror genre films he shot are Stephen King's blockbuster hit Pet Sematary, C.H.U.D. and Steven King's Graveyard Shift. He was the DP on two of Touchstone's children's movies, Ernest Saves Christmas and Ernest Goes to Jail and New Line's hit children's comedy Mr. Nanny starring Hulk Hogan and Sherman Helmsley. Among other films he shot are Paramount's football comedy Necessary Roughness with Scott Bakula, Robert Loggia and Kathy Ireland, and Orion's A Great Wall, directed by Peter Wang, the first Chinese/American co-production.


  • Date
    5:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Where
    Manhattan, New York City Map
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NOV 16: Peter Stein, ASC - Composition & Camera/Actor Choreography


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