Dance for Camera Fundamentals Workshop #5: It’s Time to Move the Director

Event Type
Event Description


Workshop Series
Dance for Camera Fundamentals

Harmonious Camera Movement with the Dancer
Instructor: Enki Andrews


This free, predominantly online course will provide aspiring dancemakers for film with a fundamental knowledge of how to operate consumer-grade cameras and cellphones to capture the aesthetics of dance successfully. The focus will be on achieving harmonious camera movement with dancing bodies. Guest speakers and mini-projects, where you will apply skills and techniques taught during each workshop, will supplement Enki’s teaching. (Please note: This course will focus on camera capture, not address post-production editing.) Requirements include a cellphone, tripod, webcam and internet access. Students will also be required to be their own performers and share their weekly at-home performances with the group.

While there is no cost for the workshops, registration is required for each of them. Video recordings of each workshop will be available for free on SCD’s Vimeo channel after each event. COVID-19 protocols permitting, there will be two collaborative workdays where students will work together both outdoors and in an indoor studio setting. You do not need to be an SCD member to register; non-dancers are welcome to participate.

Moving Camera Methods contains four workshops covering fundamentals of camera motion. Workshops 5 & 6 will last 3 hours and will have a camera motion portion addressing technical knowledge about camera movement & extra-camera portion focused on harmonious camera movement along with a guest speakers to be announced. Workshops 7 & 8 will be collaborative project days lasting 6 hours each in an outdoor setting on one day and in a studio on the other day (weather and covid-19 protocols permitting).

Workshop #5: October 19, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Theme: It’s Time to Move the Director
Principle 1: The Director is the camera choreographer. The camera is a character/dancer-give it intention, give it purpose, give it character. Principle 2: Know any good films with crappy sound?  Neither do I. Learn more about sound, microphones, and field monitors.


Running Time
3 hours