Upcoming Filmmaking Master Class (Cine 650) - Expanded Cinematography in the new age

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 19:04

Dear Cinema Students! 

I want to share with you the upcoming Filmmaking Master Class Series (CINE650) for Fall 2018. In this semester, the masterclass will be focused on three Cinematography masterclasses in three different areas: Immersive Storytelling with AR and VR technology; Special Effects in Cinematography and Documentary Cinematography.  Each section will be conducted by the industry professionals including Bruce Logan, ASC, a highly regarded members of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and long-time industry professional; Arlene Nelson, Emmy award winning documentary cinematographer; AR and VR industry specialists from leading industry companies, Adobe, Google and Insta360.  




Here is the detailed schedule and content:   

CINE 650.1 - October 5-6 Immersive Storytelling in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

The Immersive Storytelling and Content Development. The cutting age industry. These professional-led courses are taught by industry experts and students learn through hands-on application of real-world examples and concepts.  

Guest Speaker 1: Peter Oberdorfer – Tactic Studio

Tactic Studio specializes in the production of immersive experiences. We specialize in VR, AR, mobile, gesture, and real time visualizations. http://tactic.studio/  

Guest Speaker 2: Brian Williams, Immersive Media Lead – Adobe Systems  

Guest Speaker 3: Gene Cao – Insta360. Insta360, the world leader in 360-degree cameras.

Insta360 empowers people to freely share immersive experiences no matter the time or place. https://www.insta360.com/  

Friday, Oct. 5,  6:00pm – 9:00pm  FA101 Coppola Theater

Saturday, Oct.6,   9:30am – 4:00pm FA 143 Soundstage; LIB 280 Makerspace  


CINE 650.2 – October 12-13 Special Effects in Cinematography and beyond

Bruce Logan, ASC, a longtime industry professional who has membership in the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a DP Bruce has worked on some amazing films with a variety of Hollywood legends such as George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Jonathan Demme, Joel Schumacher, John Huston and Terry Gilliam.

http://www.bruceloganfilm.com/ IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517521/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1  

Friday, Oct. 12,  6:00pm – 9:00pm  FA101 Coppola Theater

Saturday, Oct.13,   9:30am – 4:00pm FA 143 Soundstage  


CINE 650.3 – November 9 - 10  Documentary Cinematography and Lighting Techniques

Arlene Nelson is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning film, television and commercial cinematographer best known for her work on the documentary-style comedies of Christopher Guest who she lensed “A Mighty Wind”.


Friday, Nov. 9,  6:00pm – 9:00pm  FA101 Coppola Theater

Saturday, Nov. 10,   9:30am – 4:00pm FA 143 Soundstage  


Please spread words and share it with your students.  I’m looking forward to working with you all!


All the best,    

Weimin Zhang

Professor of Cinema

M.F.A Program Coordinator

Documentary Advisor  




School of Cinema

San Francisco State University

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