Announcing New Special Workshop Class During Upcoming Session:

"Foundations of Director's Profession
for Cinematograpers"

Taught by Oscar and Award-Winning Director Dean Parisot



About the Workshop

In our upcoming session we are glad to offer a new special workshop class titled “Foundations of Director’s Profession for Cinematographers” (Collaboration with Directors) taught by Oscar-Winning Director Dean Parisot.


Dean Parisot has successfully helmed both studio and independent films. His dramatic directorial debut short "Tom Goes to the Bar," earned him the Berlin Festival's Golden Bear. He followed this with "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," which earned the 1988 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. He has went on to direct films like “Galaxy Quest”, “Fun With Dick and Jane”, and “Red 2” among many others.


“The Appointment of Dennis Jennings”
Winner: 1988 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
Starring: Steven Wright, Rowan Atkinson, Laurie Metcalf
Director of Photography: Frank Prinzi, ASC

“Tom Goes to the Bar”
Winner: 1986 Golden Bear for Short Film
Starring: Tom Noonan and Billy Bastiani
Director of Photography: Yuri Neyman, ASC

Starring: Jeff Goldblum and Kristin Scott Thomas
Director of Photography: Yuri Neyman, ASC

“Galaxy Quest”
Winner: 2000 Hugo Award
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub
Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski, ASC

“Fun With Dick and Jane”
Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, and Alec Baldwin
Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski, ASC

“Red 2”
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Hellen Mirren, and Anthony Hopkins
Director of Photography: Enrique Chediak, ASC

Full IMDB filmography


COST: $500





Los Angeles Central Studios

450 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017



Class Description: This special workshop class created by Global Cinematography Institute and Oscar-Winning Director Dean Parisot will allow cinematographers and others who are interested to understand more about the production responsibilities of the Director in cinema, the Director’s role in preproduction, on-set and in post, as well as what a Director would like to see in and receive from one of his closet collaborators – the cinematographer.


The class will address:

1. How The Director works with the Cinematographer:

1.1 What questions will a Director ask

1.2 How do the Director and Cinematographer interact together

1.3 How should the Cinematographer approach the project

1.4 How will they capture the film from the Director's point of view


2. What is involved with prep work after being hired:

2.1 Casting

2.2 Location Scouting

2.3 Looking at references

2.4 Breaking down the script with the Director


3. What is involved with set life:

3.1 How the Director is thinking

3.2 How to work together

3.3 Getting what the Director neeeds

3.4 Shooting for Continuity


4. What is involved with Editing / Post:

4.1 Shooting for the edit

4.2 Color Correction

4.3 Working for Visual Effects


The class will be divided into two parts. The first part is a lecture by Director Dean Parisot covering the topics that are listed above. The second part of the workshop will finish on-set where Dean Parisot will play the role of Producer/ Director and students will take turns directing a small scene as well as being DP, 1st AD, UPM, etc, to learn how a director works with his team and with the DP. This will give students a better understanding of the methods of a director’s work, his modes of thinking, and leave knowing how to collaborate with director successfully.


Visit our apply page to sign up for the workshop.
If you have any questions, please email