Runs from Wednesday April 14 2021 to Tuesday June 15 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor:James Buffin
Assistant: Oliver Rabinovitch
April 14 to June 15
Tuesdays 4:00 PM-6:00PM

Some people learn best from doing. Others want to observe first for a while and then select whether to create work or learn more from a theoretical perspective. Instructor James Buffin has over 30 years professional experience shooting and teaching people around the planet.

Course content is flexible depending on who signs up. Topics include: framing and composition, strategies for filming different types of projects (documentary, experimental, drama), use of different lenses (depending on devices people have access to), filming with others (directors etc), equipment care, visual storytelling, technical information (colour temperature, shutter speeds, aperture), working with teams & professional protocols. Professional ways of sharing work and feedback are also central to this course.

Participants need to provide their own cameras and should be prepared to share their work privately online on a weekly basis (so it can be discussed in class) AND/OR be ready to engage in respectful and professional feedback sessions.

All participants who wish to shoot video need to provide their own camera (any device is ok - phones, ipads, tablets, DSLR, mirrorless, etc) AND be willing/able to upload their footage to private online sites (vimeo, youtube etc).

About the instructor:

James Buffin is a filmmaker from Toronto. All aspects of his work are intended to be starting points; a way of initiating conversations that generate action towards social goals that he believes in.

His work often takes many years to achieve (sometimes up to 10) and is guided by the people he encounters along the way. Honouring those who are going through tough situations is what gives his projects meaning. Hope for a better future is the goal.

To learn more about James, please click here to visit on his website

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