mark morgenstern - teaching

- teaching assistant at Concordia's Communication Studies Department ('85-'87), responsible for camera, lighting and video labs for students from all cycles, including Journalism.
- technical support for non-linear sound (TimeLine) and picture (Avid) editing at Multimontage ('96)
- technical support and installation of Lightworks editing systems for O.L.E. Canada ('94)
- teaching introductory workshops at L.I.F.T., Toronto’s film co-op (’97,’98).
- work/study participation (cameraman/technician) in the Women in the Director’s Chair workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts (’98)
- team leader & teaching introductory workshops at the National Screen Institute’s MovieCamp 1.0 (Toronto, ’00)


Main Film workshops: For schedules, see their website. Due to unpredictable demand, the english versions of their workshops are now "on demand", needing a minimum quorum to get scheduled. French ones are more consistently available. If you're interested in any of the workshop material I normally teach there but the workshop you want is cancelled or doesn't fit into your schedule, you can hire me directly for individual workshops at your convenience.

2 evenings + 1 day, 8 participants max.
A theoretical and practical exploration of the rich art of lighting for film. A discussion of the creative and practical aspects of lighting a scene will take place on the first evening. Film examples will be screened and participants will learn to look, not at the action taking place, but the visual atmosphere and mood created on film. Topics ranging from the types of lights chosen to designing a lighting plan to the collaborative relationship between the cinematographer and the director will be discussed. In the full-day workshop, using a 16mm camera, participants will get the chance to put theory into action and create scenes using a variety of lighting equipment. The final evening of the workshop will involve screening the material shot during the full day. Participants will discuss initial intentions of the scenes and final results on film as well as strategies for planning and lighting effectively.

2 days, 8 participants max.
This workshop deals with the creative use of the camera in independent short film production, and explores the collaboration between the director and director of photography. Topics include shot design, script interpretation, blocking, camera moves, composition, point-of-view, frame, aspect ratio, lens selection and scene coverage.

3 evenings, 10 participants max.
Digital video has become the new medium for more and more films including fiction, documentary and experimental work. This workshop will explore the techniques and tricks for the best possible results in DV shooting. The first evening will cover the technical and practical differences between film and video, exploring issues such as “film-look”, lighting, cost, crew sizes and post-production. The second evening will focus more practically on the technical aspects of shooting DV using the Panasonic AG-DVX100 24p MiniDV camera. Visual examples of issues will be presented and discussed.