This workshop is focused on the tools, technology, and science at play in today's modern digital cinema cameras. Discussions will be in-depth with theory and part practical application to determine how to make the best images possible under the litany of demanding factors at play in production. This workshop is designed for DPs, DITs, ACs, post production professionals and anyone else looking to gain a detailed understanding of the current state of the art as it applies to digital cinema.

Through exploration of color science, the theory and reality of color will be extrapolated upon to make better informed decisions on set and in post production. We will explore in detail how color is created both in our eyes and in the digital world of sensors. Focusing on key aspects of color space, color gamut, sub sampling, bit depth, and understanding luminance students will be shown real world applications, all with an emphasis towards on-set production.

The use of waveforms and vector scopes on-set will be used to demonstrate the modern tools at the disposal of today’s cinematographers. By giving both a technical and practical knowledge of how to implement waveforms and vector scopes, students will be prepared when making critical decisions on exposure. Part of this process will also include live demonstrations of matching two different camera systems for color and exposure accuracy.

From small on-camera displays to large home theater systems, most monitors offer some form of calibration adjustment. As part of this workshop, demonstrations on the methods and tools used to calibrate a monitors will be explored. Attention will be given to white point adjustment, gamma, color & contrast adjustment, and the tools used to analyze a monitors key functions.

This workshop will also introduce students to benefits and challenges of Raw and Log recording and their practical applications. Students will be presented with the implications of shooting in different Log modes, the technical and aesthetic decisions that merit choosing certain workflows over others.

Attention will be given to on-set Look-Up-Table (LUT) creation, demonstrating the process for creating and applying a LUT on cameras including the Arri Alexa, Amira, Sony F55, Canon C500 and Red Epic Dragon. Specific focus on the application of these tools on set and through the post production process will leave students with a detailed understanding of LUT creation and color management.


Jeffrey Hagerman

Jeffrey Hagerman graduated from the Vancouver Film School with a concentration in cinematography in 2002. His early training was focused exclusively on film, but was an early adopter of digital technologies, which have become so prevalent today. Early on his talents landed him a lead role shooting and producing content at the independent media outlet, Democracy Now.  Jeffrey took a cinéma vérité approach using compact digital cameras to develop a unique style to his reportage that strongly informs his cinematography to this day. He transitioned to high end post production in 2008 when he began working as a director of operations at the ad agency, JWT. Through this immersion in technology he worked to bridge the gap between the two worlds of on set and post. Jeffrey’s steadfast approach to integrating technology on set with filmmaking lead him to work on a variety of 2D and 3D content using the latest camera systems Arri, Red, Sony and VRI.
Some recent projects in which Jeffrey has used the cutting edge camera technology coupled with on set workflows as an On Set Colorist include the widely popular Marvel series DareDevil, Showtime's recent Happyish, USA Networks Mr. Robot, as well as a number of feature films including Philomena, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, White House Down, Disconnect, and Sisters. Jeffrey's commercial work includes Under Armor, Victoria's Secret, Hugo Boss, Pantine Pro V, as well as music videos for Beyonce, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mariah Carey, Jim Jones, and many more.  
As a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild Jeffrey’s passions have taken him on projects the world over, but he always enjoys coming home to his beautiful wife Julia and their home in New York City.

Course Dates

Oct 8 to Oct 14



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