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IAA August: Marks, Lenses, and Camera Awareness

Saturday, August 03, 2019
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Windridge Office Building
5435 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, IN 46226

The IAA August workshop will focus on movement, marks, and camera awareness. We will cover:

*Camera movement

*Turns, Marks, Cheats

*Lens Awareness

*Adjusting to Lens and Light Motivation

*Set terminology

As well as additional areas of the actor/camera relationship and how they relate to post production.

This overview workshop brings in elements of the technical aspects actors work with in addition to the character work necessary to bring the role to life and helps develop a stronger awareness of the entire process.


Over the last 35 years Jim Dougherty has worked on over 60 films in capacities ranging from actor to post production and has also performed in over 300 theatrical productions. 

Jim is the chief instructor at both the Southeast Actors Academy and Indy Actors Academy where he approaches the craft much like the blended martial arts, incorporating a variety of techniques and philosophies creating his own unique approach to the craft and helping the student discover what works most effectively for them to develop their role and serve the story.

Jim studied theatre and film at Indiana University and later went on to pursue the craft in Chicago where he worked for Victory Gardens and Body Politic Theatres. While living in Chicago, Jim trained as a stuntman under John Hicks Pearce and became the assistant coordinator for The Chicago Stunt Team.

Jim has directed over a dozen short films which have screened on the festival circuit, and has served as the 1st Assistant Director on multiple features with notable Hollywood talent, and has shared the screen with names such as Margo Martindale, Gil Bellows, Clint Howard, Lew Temple, Marc Menchaca and Kevin Spacey.

His most recent screen work includes appearances on Doom Patrol, ABC's Kevin (probably) Saves the World, FOX's The Gifted, Netflix's House of Cards and Ozark, NBC's Chicago PD, CBS' The Inspectors, and the NatGeo film Killing Reagan.

Jim's diversified background, both on camera and in production and post production, has contributed to his teaching and the development of his student's skill and awareness of both production and post production needs.

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