Program participants discuss the impact of attending this intensive five-day program in the art and science of cinematography.
Photos by Nick Mahar
“Before taking the ASC Master Class, I was doing corporate work, some commercial work and documentary work, and then on the side I was shooting short films. I came here to see what work is like at the highest level and see what it takes to get to that level. I also came to hear all the tips and tricks straight from the ASC members’ mouths and to meet with them and talk with them and pick their brains.
“What I hoped to get out of the Master Class was really more confidence in my ability as a cinematographer. And I think I accomplished that. I’m more familiar with the overall workflow, structure, politics and handling of different situations. I feel like I’m better prepared to shoot my next project.
“What I can use from this week going forward for future work is more confidence in the pre-production side of things and the confidence of knowing when I go into a meeting with a director or a producer that I can tell them how long a project will take, what kind of equipment we’ll need and what kind of problems might come up. When I sit down for my next interview, I’ll be able to apply some of the things I’ve learned here.” — Nathaniel Bockley
You’ll find Bockley’s personal site.