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From Beginner to Intermediate Filmmaker: 5 Things You Need to Know

Dandan Liu, Documentary Filmmaker & Cinematographer

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9 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Course Intro

    • 2. Picture Profiles

    • 3. Focal lengths

    • 4. Shooting for the Edit

    • 5. Fluid Camera Movement

    • 6. Lighting

    • 7. Bonus: LUTS

    • 8. Thank you!

    • 9. Check out this course!

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About This Class

Feel like you've mastered the basics of filmmaking but want to move to the next level?

This course guides beginner filmmakers who have done at least 1 film project to the intermediate level. It provides you with the essential topics you need to learn and practice to make this transition, featuring creative mini assignments to help get there. 

All of these techniques come from working on the field in the film industry. 


  • How to take advantage of your camera's dynamic range for a more cinematic image
  • How focal lengths affect other key factors such as depth of field, distance compression, and image stabilization. 
  • How to shoot for the edit
  • How to create fluid movement for your camera
  • How to light a scene
  • How to use LUTS for enhanced color grading


By the end of this course, you will have a concrete action plan with 6 applicable techniques you can use on your next film, to take your filmmaking to the next level. 





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Dandan Liu

Documentary Filmmaker & Cinematographer

I come from a long line of scientists, so I'm not called the "black sheep" of the family, but the "genetic mutant" as a self-taught commercial and documentary filmmaker. My love of filmmaking came when I embarked on a four year journey living with people of different religions and lifestyles around the world. From waking up at 3 am with Zen Buddhist monks in Japan to running a guesthouse with nuns in Jerusalem, I started making films as a way to understand the local realities around me. These...

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