Intro to Cinematography:

Canon C100 MKII

Intro to Cinematography:
  • Ages: 16+
  • Total Hours: 12 (Four x 3-hour sessions: Wed/Thurs 6-9pm or Fridays 6-9pm)

This introductory class dives into collaborative storytelling with Open Signal’s lights, audio gear and Canon C100 MKII cameras through the creation of a small group production.

In this four-session production class for beginners, students will explore the basics of cinematography through a study of the Canon C100 camera. This class introduces you to the art of visual storytelling, from storyboarding and screenwriting to frame rates, exposure, peaking and ISO, as well as camera movements and framing. You’ll also be grouped into teams and create a short project with Open Signal’s field production equipment, including our lights and audio gear.  

Certification: This workshop will certify you to check out our Canon C100MKII cameras, tripods, Loop Light Pads, Velvet and Flo LED field lights, video monitors, audio recorder and dolly. In exchange, submit your work to air on public access TV channels!


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Interested in getting involved and utilizing one of our many resources? Start by completing this form and we will connect you with a staff member to get you started: Inquiry Form.

For questions about your registration, please contact our Community Media Advocacy Manager, KatMeow García, via phone at (503) 288 1515 x411 or via email at katmeow [at]

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Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal is a Safer Space for people of color, immigrants, gender non-conforming, low/no income groups, houseless, people with disabilities, linguistically diverse and other marginalized communities who have experienced systemic racism, sexism, classism and/or oppression. We encourage the creation and sharing of content that expresses a wide variety of cultural, social, political and spiritual perspectives. Treating all people with respect and kindness is expected - even if you don’t agree with all perspectives.

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Open Signal is committed to hosting meetings, events and gatherings that are accessible and inclusive. Ensuring that all members of our community can fully engage in our activities not only benefits the individual, but  strengthens our community as a whole. 

We will do our best to accommodate your needs for equitable access to our facilities, however some requests may not be within our means to meet at this time.

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