This is a class work­shop from the Craft of Cinematography, where my stu­dents adapted a scene from the Silver Linings Playbook screen­play (David O. Russell, 2012). They cre­ated a shotlist and light­ing plan from scratch with­out ref­er­ence to the orig­i­nal movie.

From the course syllabus:

The course advances a fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of com­po­si­tion as a sto­ry­telling act, rather than sim­ply an aes­thetic one. It then com­bines that with light­ing to build char­ac­ter and cre­ate mood. Throughout, proper set pro­to­col and crew dynam­ics are prac­ticed and instilled as the third learn­ing outcome.

The Craft of Cinematography was taught dur­ing Spring 2013 to selected stu­dents from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai.

Three Past Two Haiku

Writing
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Five bro­ken pen­cils, one by one their leads snap off. Only words remain.

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Hindsight

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I miss the view from my par­ents’ rooftop.

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Do the Breast Self-Exam.

Film
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On the occa­sion of the Breast Cancer Awareness month, a group of stu­dents at the American University in Dubai pro­duced three short videos for Breast Cancer Awareness day.

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Pruning

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A book, like a tree, must be pruned to grow.

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