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Shooting The Scene

with Jim Denault, ASC

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About The Class

translate your vision into a practical shooting plan.

There is no greater filmmaking challenge than translating one’s cinematic vision into a practical shooting plan that produces edit-able footage. In Shooting The Scene, renowned cinematographer Jim Denault, ASC teaches you how to take a production plan and shoot efficiently, economically, and artistically.

Jim’s award-winning work includes The Campaign, Boys Don't Cry, and Game Change. In this class, he’ll share insights from his experience shooting both indie and studio films and teach you how to translate your vision into a series of filmed units (aka “coverage”). 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Set the aesthetic and technical approaches for each shot
  • Determine how many shots you’ll need within a scene
  • Balance practical limitations and still acquire what's best for the scene


Shooting The Scene will help all cinematographers, camera operators, and filmmakers develop a more systematic approach to planning a shoot. You’ll become more equipped to take an idea that only lives in your mind and turn it into an actionable shooting plan.


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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The Gear List: What is a Light Meter & Color Chart

    20:51
  2. 02

    The Gear: What are Flags, C-Stands, & Dollies

    06:11
  3. 03

    Exterior Shoot: Walk Through the Shot List

    10:43
  4. 04

    Exterior Shoot: How to Block the Scene with Actors

    20:50
  5. 05

    Exterior Shoot: Wide Shot Dolly In

    33:53
  6. 06

    Exterior Shoot: Close Up of Dan

    22:58
  7. 07

    Exterior Shoot: Position Check & Action

    14:42
  8. 08

    Exterior Shoot: Close Up of Notebook

    34:05
  9. 09

    Interior Shoot: Dan Wide Shot

    25:33
  10. 10

    Interior Shoot: Dan Medium Shot

    31:37
  11. 11

    Interior Shoot: Dan Close Up

    Watch filmmaking in action as Jim and crew shoot an interior shot and discuss their lighting and camera choices.

    18:30
  12. 12

    Interior Shoot: Over the Shoulder & Details

    29:27
  13. 13

    End of Day: Reviewing Exterior Dallies

    30:23
  14. 14

    Bonus Segment 1

    08:17
  15. 15

    Bonus Segment 2

    03:39

Meet Your Expert

Jim Denault, ASC

Jim Denault, ASC got his start shooting distinctive independent features. He has gone on to photograph in a wide range of film and television genres. An interest in photography from an early age led him to study at the Rochester ... read more

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  • pdf Camera Gear List.pdf
  • pdf DOOD.pdf
  • pdf Equipment List Examples.pdf
  • pdf Lighting Gear List.pdf
  • pdf Glimmer of Hope - By Jessica Brown.pdf
  • pdf Shooting the Scene Syllabus.pdf
  • pdf Glimmer of Hope Shooting Schedule.pdf
  • pdf SHOTLIST - Scene - EXT OFFICE ROOFTOP.pdf
  • pdf SHOTLIST - Scene - INT OFFICE SPACE.pdf
  • pdf Shooting the Scene - INT DOORWAY MORNING - Setup .pdf
  • pdf Shooting the Scene - EXT OFFICE ROOFTOP STAIRCASE - Setup.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Kevin Baggott

    Kevin Baggott

    September 2017

    I had worked briefly many years ago on a shoot that jim was the DP for. I was very impressed with how he ran the set. It was a great pleasure to watch this course. Learnt many things. I would highly recommend it.

  • Loue Ghazi

    Loue Ghazi

    September 2019

    this is a very informative class and i really appreciate your way . really i like so much like this class and definitely will go with it every time . good job guys.

  • Kervin

    August 2018

    This was a very informative class. It's great to see the thought process and solutions that go into a well executed scene.

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