Capture the essence of script and characters as you learn the secrets of still photography for film editorials and advertising

Learn the techniques of a movie and TV “unit” photographer necessary to deliver pictures that capture the essence of script and character.

Every movie or TV show you ever saw hired a still photographer to shoot promotional stills. This workshop explores and prepares you for this career, that of an on set “unit” photographer. With knowledge you will gain about film making methodology, set etiquette and ego problems, including your own, you will learn how to deliver your clients needs while invisibly navigating the tricky terrain of a movie set in action. 

Specific techniques for shooting romantic, dramatic, driving, explosive and fight scenes will be covered. Tips for working with sensitive directors and camera shy actors will be revealed. Setting up gallery portraits, directing actors on seamless, digital workflow and staying safe around speeding cars and exploding buildings are all discussed. The business side gets comprehensive coverage as well with complete information on getting started, the unions, self promotion and negotiating deals.

The opportunity to practice what you are learning on actual, live workshop film productions and to do so utilizing the specialized equipment used by unit photographers that is provided, make this workshop exciting and absolutely unique. Taught by one of the industry’s most successful practitioners, for over 25 years this workshop has graduated some of today’s busiest,  award winning unit photographers who without exception have said this course was invaluable getting them started.

Digital SLR equipment and basic knowledge of digital photography is required for this course.









Photography:Kerry Hayes, SMPSP, © Open Road Films. All right reserved

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Jessica Burstein

Educated in Switzerland and New York, Jessica Burstein began her career as the first female staff photographer for the NBC network. Her work has appeared in countless publications and magazines, worldwide, and she was the official photographer for the entire Law & Order franchise. Her title photographs can be seen daily on the ubiquitous re-runs of the shows.

Ms. Burstein’s work is in private and corporate collections and she has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including  a solo exhibition at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Burstein has also been an instructor at the Maine Media Workshops.  Her work continues to travel as part of an on-going exhibit begun at the United Nations.  Jessica Burstein has two mainstream published books: “The Grandmother Book” and "Law & Order Crime Scenes", as well as a book, "Last Looks" that she created to memorialize Law & Order: Criminal Intent's final season (2011).

For close to a decade, Burstein was commissioned by HBO to create a series of photomontage murals for the walls of its NYC headquarters. As well, she documented the famed watering hole, Elaine's, which became her virtual studio, at the request of its owner, from 1992 until 2011.

Ms. Burstein was the Yankees' commissioned fine arts photographer for the building of the new Yankee Stadium.

She served on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild, from 2007 -2013, representing the entertainment industry’s stills photographers. Jessica Burstein's photography is exclusively represented by the Getty agency.

Photography:Kerry Hayes, SMPSP. Artwork © 2015 Entertainment One Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Course Dates

Sep 4 to Sep 10



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