All the Right Moves: Professional Camera Movement
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A Director of Photography has a heavy responsibility of realising the director's vision on set  as well as to provide a variety of shots for the editor to use,also in pursuit of realising the director's vision.

One important tool in the DoP's arsenal is the use of camera movement. With the camera acting as the audience’s portal into the world being created, it’s crucially important for the camera, and the way it moves, to enhance the story being told, rather than hinder it. While that might sound like a simple concept, in reality, it can be as complex as any cinematographer/director decides to make it.

The right camera movements can assist in drawing the viewer deeper into a scene,reveal more information about a scene or character or affect the mood of the scene ,making it more claustrophobic or opening up the space to set the audence apart from the action.
While there are many new tools for creating camera movement such as sliders, gyroscopic gimbals,jibs and cranes ,there has to be an understanding of why the camera is moved rather than just how to use the tools to do it.

This course covers both by discussing the philosphy of camera movement using case studies ,as well as a strong hands on component where participants learn to work with the tools used for camera movement.

Course Duration :
3 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)

Course Dates:
08 - 10 Jan 2019 (Tue - Thu)

Course Fee:
S$ 1800 before 7% GST 
S$ 1926 after 7% GST

This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Scheme.
In addition media freelancers can apply for a S$ 7.50 per hour training allowance.
Availability and amount of subsidies and grants are subject to IMDA.More information about application procedures and terms here.

 Course outline

  • Creating a visual language
  • Shot sizes
  • Types of camera movement
    • Pan
    • Tilt
    • Float
    • Handheld
    • Dolly
    • Crab
    • Crane
    • Steadicam
  • Motivations - Why move the camera?
  • What do camera movements suggest?
  • Examples and Case Studies
  • When does camera motion distract ?
  • Negative Examples of camera motion
  • Setting up and working with various camera movement tools
  • Hand Held camera movements & techniques
  • On tripod camera motion (Pan, tilt & floating)
  • Sliders (manual, motorized) from small form factor to large format
  • Glidecam/similar stabilizers
  • Dolly - (traditional vs modern equipment)
  • Jib - (portable small format to larger jibs)

Depending on availability we may also include demonstrations of more specialised camera equipment such as the Movi 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal.
The practical sessions are interspersed with shot reviews and discussion of how the shots might be usedn

This is a very hands on course in which participants will handle a variety of video equipment. As such,participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes and be prepared to carry equipment. Participants should not have any significant health issues which would affect their ability to work with the equipment

About Your Instructor

Lim Teck Siang

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Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

He has lensed projects for top Singapore directors Boo Junfeng, Anthony Chen, Tai Heng, Warren Klass, Jasmine Ng, Brian Gothong Tan, Royston Tan, and Wilson Yip. As a strong supporter of the Singapore film industry, he also works regularly with emerging local directors.

Notable works include:

  •     "Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month", an independent short film directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, which premiered in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
  •     "For We Are Strangers", an independent short film directed by Nicole Midori Woodford, which premiered in the Wide Angle section at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Asian Short Film competition. The film was also shortlisted for Southeast Asian Short Film competition at the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival.
  •     "Afterimages", an independent horror feature directed by Tony Kern, which won Best Feature in the 11th Eerie Horror Film Festival 2014.
  •     "Mu Dan", directed by Lincoln Chia, which won Best Cinematography and Best Actor at the 2010 Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Promises In December", directed by Elgin Ho, which won the 2010 Best Film and Best Director Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Threshold", directed by Loo Zihan, which premiered in the Wide Angle section of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2009.

Teck Siang is an alumni of the Asian Film Academy program held yearly in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival. He has a Bachelor's Degree in filmmaking from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University.

He has worked with with a variety of formats including film,and the RED One and is an early adopter of the HDSLR,having shot documentaries, short films, corporate work and commercials on the Canon 5D/7D.

Teck Siang has conducted training for many of AV8 Media's clients  including Nanyang Polytechnic,Canon Singapore ,jooja ! Advertising and the Ministry of Education.

His showreel can be seen at http://www.tecksiang.com/

About Your Instructor

Derrick Loo

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Derrick Loo was trained in economics but  it soon became clear that his strongest passion lay  in cinematography. His ability to create meaningful visuals and aesthetics in his films has led to a number of successful collaborations with other award winning Singaporean filmmakers. With a good eye for details, Derrick has, over the years, lensed a huge variety of projects, including feature films, TV spots, documentary, short narrative projects, MTVs, corporate projects etc, tand has hus developed a unique versatility .

In 2009, Derrick was nominated for Best Cinematographer in the 5th Asian Festival of First Films. And in 2015 he  won Best Cinematography (Long Form) at the Apollo Awards.

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions isince 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses  and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography . His showreel can be seen below and more of his work can be seen at http://derrickloo.com/