How to Use Your DSLR for Cinema

As the tools of our trade grow less expensive with technology and more accessible to the independent filmmaker, more questions arise.

Take the DSLR camera for example.

They are within the the budget of many a filmmaker, but just what do you need to truly use this camera to create films, either your own, or to hire yourself out to other filmmakers or for corporate shoots?

The Midwest Filmmakers Workshop tackles this issue in this month’s workshop, “DSLR for Cinema.”

Jon-RyanThe workshop will be taught by Cinematographer Jon Michael Ryan of Tangent Mind. He works both commercially and in the documentary world, and has extensive experience across multiple camera platforms ranging from the DSLR to Digital Cinema cameras. He has used DSLR’s on everything from commercials to shorts to music videos to documentaries, and believes first and foremost that strong knowledge of the medium should always precede knowledge of a camera.

Midwest Filmmakers Workshop“DSLR for Cinema”

This is an all-day workshop that will cover four main topics.

Part One: Being a DP
Understanding the camera and the codecs.
FIZ/ISO/Chipsets and Crops, and Codecs (including color space and other information).

Part Two: Being an Operator
Shooting and interfacing with a DSLR.
Working with the Canon DSLR platform.

Part Three: Being a Producer
Estimating and Resourcing around DSLR’s.
Working as an autonomous producer to equip yourself properly, and how to rent, etc.

Part Four: Making it all Work
Turning a DSLR into a film-making machine. Working with recorders and advanced equipment.


As a special bonus, Film St. Louis has partnered with the Midwest Filmmakers Workshop and we are giving away a free FILMMAKERS CHECKLIST to give you an overview of the independent filmmaking process.

Simply use the Coupon Code FilmSTL when you checkout to receive your bonus gift.

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Midwest Filmmakers Workshop“DSLR for Cinema”

Saturday, June 27, 2015

8:30am – 4:00pm

Bad Dog Pictures
1501 S. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63110

$75 with student ID
$75 in advance / $100 at the door

Register Now

(Use Coupon Code: FilmSTL)


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