Misael Sanchez

BFA, New York University. Certificate in Producing, The New School. Co-founder and director of instruction at The International Film Institute of New York, currently working in collaboration with Sarah Lawrence College. Recent production credits include a feature-length documentary, Last Call (director and cinematographer), now in post-production and producer on the feature-length narrative, Central Avenue, scheduled to cast Marisa Tomei and Lorraine Bracco. A book-in-progress on cinematography lighting techniques is titled Lighting Tricks and ShortCuts. Staff member, faculty member, and head of the cinematography concentration at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division, where he supervises students on thesis productions. Past work includes four one-hour specials on Latinos in the media for network television, short documentary projects, films, music videos, and industrials. SLC, 2009–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts

Working With Light and Shadow

Open , Seminar—Year

This introductory-level, yearlong course will present students with the basics of cinematography and film production. Students will explore cinematography as an art of visual storytelling. The cinematographer plays a critical role in shaping the light and composition of an image and capturing that image for the screen. Students will investigate the theory and practice of this unique visual language and its power as a narrative element in cinema. In addition to covering camera operation, students will explore composition, visual style, and the overall operation of lighting and grip equipment. In the first semester, students will work together on scenes that are directed and produced in class and geared toward the training of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Work will include the re-creation of classic film scenes, with an emphasis on visual style. Students will discuss their work and give feedback that will be incorporated into the next project. For conference, students will be required to produce a second scene re-creation, incorporating elements discussed throughout the term. The second semester will focus on developing and shooting original work written and directed for in-class production. Students will outline projects, draw floor plans, edit, and screen the final project for the class. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory positions, with the potential for growth.

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Fundamentals of Camera and Lighting

Open , Seminar—Fall

In this introductory-level production course, students will explore the art of cinematography by producing weekly exercises designed to create and break down visual styles. Student will select and re-create a scene from a motion-picture film, television series, or music video. The goal of each class will be to work with available resources to replicate the selected scene to the smallest detail, focusing on composition, color, framing, camera movement, costume, and set design. Each student will come prepared with key elements, including talent, props, and set design needs to set up, shoot, and break down each assignment by the end of each session. Throughout the semester, students will alternate crew positions, allowing the opportunity to experience everything from directing and working with the camera to lighting and gripping. Conference work will consist of an additional re-creation or original scene produced outside of class.

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Cinematography: Color, Composition, and Style

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

This course will explore the roles associated with film production, focusing on cinematography and lighting for the screen. In addition to covering camera operation and basic lighting techniques, students will explore composition, color palettes, and application of a visual style to enhance the story. Coursework will revolve around scene re-creations. Students will produce scenes in class on a weekly basis. Work will be discussed and notes incorporated into the next project. As part of conference work, students will be required to produce a short project in addition to the work completed during class time, incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester. Students will develop, write, draw floor plans, shoot, edit, and screen a final project by the end of the term. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident enough to approach a film production project with the experience to take on introductory and assistant positions, with the potential for growth.

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Previous Courses

Fundamentals of Cinematic Lighting

Open , Seminar—Spring

In this introductory-level production course, students will explore the art of cinematography by producing weekly exercises designed to create and break down visual styles. Student will select and recreate a scene from a motion-picture film, television series, or music video. The goal of each class will be to work with available resources to replicate the selected scene to the smallest detail, focusing on composition, color, framing, camera movement, costume, and set design. Each student will come prepared with key elements, including talent, props, and set design needs to set up, shoot, and break down each assignment by the end of each session. Throughout the semester, students will alternate crew positions, allowing the opportunity to experience everything from directing and working with the camera to lighting and gripping. Conference work will consist of an additional re-creation or original scene produced outside of class.​

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Cinematography: Color, Composition, and Style

Open , Seminar—Year

This yearlong course will explore the roles associated with film production, focusing on cinematography and lighting for the screen. In addition to covering camera operation and basic lighting techniques, students will explore composition, color palettes, and application of a visual style to enhance the story. The first semester of the course will revolve around scene re-creations, followed by creating and producing original work in the spring term. Students will produce scenes in class on a weekly basis. Work will be discussed and notes incorporated into the next project. As part of conference work, students will be required to produce a short project in addition to the work completed during class times, incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester. Students will develop, write, draw floor plans, shoot, edit, and screen a final project by the end of the term. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident enough to approach a film production project with the experience to take on introductory and assistant positions, with the potential for growth.

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Working With Light and Shadow

Open , Seminar—Fall

This introductory-level course will present students with the basics of cinematography and film production. Students will explore cinematography as an art of visual storytelling. The cinematographer plays a critical role in shaping the light and composition of an image and capturing that image for the screen. Students will investigate the theory and practice of this unique visual language and its power as a narrative element in cinema. In addition to covering camera operation, students will explore composition, visual style, and the overall operation of lighting and grip equipment. Students will work together on scenes that are directed and produced in class and geared toward the training of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Work will include the re-creation of classic film scenes, with an emphasis on visual style. Students will discuss their work and give feedback that will be incorporated into the next project. For conference, students will be required to produce a second scene re-creation, incorporating elements discussed throughout the term. Students will outline projects, draw floor plans, edit, and screen the final project for the class. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory positions, with the potential for growth.

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Through the Lens: Visualizing and Creating Images for the Screen

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

This course will focus on the role of the cinematographer and other key members of the production process as they relate to lighting and developing the visual style of a film/video project. This will include camera movement, composition, framing, and artistic lighting and will provide students with the technical and aesthetic knowledge of lighting for the screen. Throughout the semester, we will work with production equipment and set up exercises geared toward teaching how to achieve different cinematic styles. This class is intended for those who have a basic understanding of the principles of camera operation and cinematography and would like to put their knowledge into practice. Students will be asked to create lighting setups and a strategy for shooting scenes in class. Conference work will be to produce a short project in addition to the work completed during class times, incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester.

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First-Year Studies: Through The Lens: An Introduction to Cinematography—Visualizing and Creating Images for the Screen

Open , FYS

Behind every artistic vision in filmmaking is an understanding of how to use technology to realize the story on a screen. A skillful cinematographer brings a new dimension to a director’s vision by creating images that enhance the narrative of the film. By studying select examples of visual styles, tones, and continuity from classic films, students will learn key elements to consider when using a camera and lights to further enhance the story. The images that appear on the screen arise from the artistic vision, imagination, and skill of the cinematographer as he/she works in a collaborative relationship with fellow artists. This class will provide students with the opportunity to explore this art form and learn how to capture visuals that will support the narrative of a story using available resources in a creative way. Students will work, hands on, with film production equipment and will explore the theoretical and aesthetic aspects of the craft. Course discussions will include framing, composition, color, and light to create compelling images. Students will learn fundamental on-set production skills as they develop and shoot exercises on a weekly basis. In the first semester, students will work on recreating scenes from classic films; these exercises will focus primarily on visual style. The second semester will focus on original work that will incorporate the lessons learned during the first semester. We will cover operation of HD cameras, structure and job responsibilities of the production crew, principles of lenses, lighting, and scene composition. All students will produce weekly exercises focused on building skill sets that will prepare them for work beyond the course. Reading assignments and film screenings will be integral to the learning process of the class.

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Working With Light and Shadows

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course will introduce students to the basics of cinematography and film production. In addition to covering camera operation, students will explore composition, visual style, and the overall operation of lighting and grip equipment. Students will work together on scenes that are directed and produced in class and geared toward the training of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Work will include the recreation of classic film scenes, with an emphasis on visual style. Students will discuss their work and give feedback that will be incorporated into the next project. For conference, students will be required to produce a short project on HD Video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the term. Students will outline the project, draw floor plans and shot lists, edit, and screen the final project for the class. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory positions with the potential for growth.

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Cinematography: Color, Composition, and Style

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

This intermediate course will continue the training in cinematography and film production that began in Working With Light and Shadow. In addition to covering camera operation and basic lighting, students will explore composition, color palettes, and application of a visual style to enhance the story. The course will revolve around developing original work and shooting scenes on a weekly basis. Work will be discussed and notes incorporated into the next project. Students will be required to produce a short project on HD Video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester, as part of conference work. Students will develop, write, draw floor plans, shoot, edit, and screen a final project by the end of the term. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident enough to approach a film production project with the experience to take on introductory and assistant positions with the potential for growth.

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Working With Light and Shadows

Open , Seminar—Spring

This course will introduce students to the basics of cinematography and film production. In addition to covering camera operation, students will explore composition, visual style, and overall operation of lighting and grip equipment. Students will work together on scenes directed and produced in class and geared toward the training of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Work will include the re-creation of classic film scenes, with an emphasis on visual style. Students will discuss work and provide feedback that will be incorporated into the next project. For conference, students will be required to produce a short project on HD video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the term. Students will outline the project, draw floor plans and shot-lists, edit the film, and screen the final project for the class. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory positions with potential for growth.

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Cinematography: Color, Composition, and Style

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

This course will continue the training in cinematography and film production started in Working With Light and Shadows. In addition to covering camera operation and basic lighting, students will explore composition, color palettes, and applying a visual style to enhance the story. The course will revolve around developing original work and shooting scenes on a weekly basis. Work will be discussed and notes incorporated into the next project. As part of conference work, students will be required to produce a short project on HD video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester. Students will develop, write, draw floor plans, shoot, edit, and screen a final project by the end of the term. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory and assistant positions with potential for growth.

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