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From Photo to Film


From Photo to Film


Class Description


  • Understand the terminology and roles within the film world
  • Learn how to translate your photography knowledge into video
  • Master the different camera movements and visual effects
  • Understand the different roles on the film crew from production manager to assistant director
  • Utilize best practices on set through the filmmaking process
  • Make informed creative decisions as you move to film
  • Determine what gear you need for filmmaking
  • Understand blocking maps, the shot list, call sheets, and other filmmaking organization tools
  • Get started with your film career immediately


The transition from photography to filmmaking is easier than you think -- and it opens a world of opportunities in your career. Apply your still photography know-how and add in a few essentials to get started on creating a movie, a commercial, short films, independent films, and other types of video, for your existing clients or for a new position within a production company.

In this course, food-photographer-turned-executive-producer Andrew Scrivani navigates the similarities and differences between the two art forms and explains the terminology, technical differences, supporting crew, software and everything in between.

Many photographers are being asked to shoot and produce video, yet struggle because video is like a different language. This course navigates the challenges of making the transition, using Andrew’s personal experiences to explore the options that photographers have in making a jump into the film world. Don't start from scratch at film school -- build on your existing photography skills to learn film production essentials to learn filmmaking faster.


  • Photographers interested in filmmaking
  • Beginning videographers with a basic understanding of photography
  • Creatives that want to shoot both stills and video


Andrew Scrivani is a New York-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer, food stylist, writer that made the jump into filmmaking. Building on a long career in photography, his first feature film, Team Marco, is expected out in 2019. Scrivani is the executive director of the upcoming movie.

Andrew's photography has been seen in magazines and newspapers worldwide including, The New York Times, Eating Well Magazine, La Cucina Italiana, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Andrew has recently done the photography for Melissa Clark Eat This Now and two NY Times Bestsellers, ABC TV’s The Chew Cookbook and Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen Cookbook.


  1. Class Introduction

    Meet your instructor and gain an overview of the class in the first lesson. See how the skills and instincts that photographers have can be adapted to video with the right education.

  2. How Photography Skills Translate to Film & Video

    Photographers already have several skills in place for shooting video. Learn where your skills could be applied to the different positions available for crew members, from production to editing.

  3. Terminology

    Some concepts mean the same thing, but have different terms, like using iris instead of aperture, shutter angle instead of shutter speed, and waveform instead of a histogram. Adjust your photo terminology to the filmmaking process.

  4. Concepts

    Master the major concepts that carry over from photography to video, including framing or composition, light, texture, and lenses. Then expand to filmmaking concepts like movement and point-of-view.

  5. Opportunities Within Video & Film

    Dig deeper into the different roles on the film crew and the opportunities that come along with them. Learn how to translate your current skills into a production role.

  6. Crew Roles

    See how the crew works behind the scene and who tackles what in this lesson on the crew roles. Andrew shares how the set will always feel chaotic but usually is actually rather organized -- if everyone is doing their jobs.

  7. Interview - writer & Producer, Julio Vincent Gambuto

    Gain insight into the writing and producing side of filmmaking as Julia Vincent Gambuto joins the class in this interview. Build a better understanding of the process of developing and producing films.

  8. Phases of Video - Pre Production

    Launch into the three main parts of the filmmaking process with pre-production. Learn what's involved in planning, including building the storyboards with a shot list. See the tasks related to the casting director position and what you should have by the end of pre-production.

  9. Phases of Video - Story Color & Design

    Developing a story is integral to the early phases of filmmaking. Go behind the scenes with a real story chart and story beats. See how color palettes are integrated into process from the early stages of the production process.

  10. Production

    Production, at the simplest, is just capturing footage and audio. Gain insight into developing leadership during the production process and other essentials to shooting.

  11. Post Production

    From adding music to working with color, the post-production puts the final story together. In this lesson, Andrew walks through the different elements of post-production from editing to CGI and graphics.

  12. Camera Rigs & Gear

    Moving from still photography to video adds camera motion into the mix -- and the gear that creates that movement. Pick up the essentials to camera rigs from dollies to stabilizers.

  13. Camera Movement

    Movement in film carries different emotions and different purposes. In this lesson, Andrew shares nearly a dozen different types of camera movement like panning, tilt, and zoom. Then, see each type of camera motion in the studio.

  14. Camera Placement: Interview Set Up

    Continue building on camera movement with a live demonstration exploring the standard camera angles for interviews or on-screen conversation. See how the different camera angles work together with the traditional methods, then get creative with different perspectives and incorporating camera movement to the shots.

  15. Communicating Your Vision & Expectations

    There's a fine line between offering leadership and intimidating the crew. In this lesson, Andrew shares essentials on how those in leadership roles can put crew members at ease, communicate the vision, and more.

  16. Production Protocol

    Using a set procedure helps keep the crew -- and the project -- on track. Here, Andrew shares tips for communicating while on the set and creating a production protocol.

  17. What Gear Do I Need to Get Started?

    Building the know-how is more important than the gear that you use -- but the camera and accessories that you use can make a difference in your workflow. In this lesson, Andrew discusses the different types of gear and a basic kit to get started, from DSLRs to boom mics.

  18. Photo Lighting Techniques that Translate to Video

    Photographers already have a leg up when it comes to lighting shots for video. In this lesson, Andrew shares how to adjust photography lighting to video, from basics like the angle of the light to crafting a cinematic lighting look.

  19. Shots You Need for Coverage

    Walk through a typical shot list for filmmaking. Pick up tips on what each type of shot does and why it's important to the video.

  20. Planning Your Shots

    Location and other factors will limit the type of shots that you can capture, like when the room doesn't have enough space to position both the cameras and the actors. In this lesson, learn how to plan and troubleshoot your shots.

  21. Moving into Post Production

    The post-production process should both support the story and cover up the inevitable mistakes. But successful post-production starts before the final shooting is shot. Here, Andrew discusses how to set yourself up for post-production success in the early stages of filmmaking.

  22. Available Tools & Assets

    Where do you find the music for your film? Find audio to supplement your project by learning what assets are available. In this lesson, you'll also learn terms like scores, and tips on legally using music.

  23. Understanding Continuity Basics

    Continuity is essential to a good film -- but it comes into play into several ways. The script supervisor, for example, should be looking for continuity as you shoot, such as the clothes the characters are wearing in each scene. Learn how to integrate continuity in several areas of the filmmaking process.

  24. Editing and Media Considerations

    The editing process should be kept in mind even as you shoot. Find what to consider for editing and media, from shooting raw footage in LOG to frame rates.

  25. Video Examples with Final Post Production

    Watch unedited footage move from bland LOG to color corrected footage, then corrected footage with audio. In this lesson, see how different editing techniques play a role in the final project.

  26. Opportunities to Start Incorporating Film & Video

    How do you get video clients when making the move from still photography? In this lesson, Andrew discusses options for finding opportunities in filmmaking, from developing a portfolio and reel to working with current still photography clients for video.

  27. Lone Wolf vs. Collaborative Approach

    In the final lesson, Andrew shares essentials when moving from an independent photographer to someone working on a filmmaking team. Pick up tips on communication, working with a team and more.