Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Class Offering: Beyond Cinematography, Directing Photography

Beyond Cinematography: Directing Photography
Instructor: TJ Civis - Director of Photography

6-week Intensive
Sundays 1:00pm – 5:00 pm
Nov. 8 – Dec. 20, 2009
Tuition: $375, not for credit

Course Objective:
To advance your skills and knowledge of the Position of Director of Photography to a level more consistent with Industry Standards and Protocols.
Course Description:

In this course, you will study the position of the Director of Photography from the perspective of real world industry standards and protocols of filmmaking.
From advancing your abilities with the camera to running a crew, this course will cover: Camera Tech, Image Composition, Proper use of Perspective, Camera Movement Theory, Lighting Techniques, and proper safety techniques. 
You will learn how to work with Producers and Directors to shape a vision as well as with the Crew who will produce that vision. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the shooting and editing of a scene. Most importantly, you will receive this instruction and mentorship from award-winning industry professionals. Guest presenters will include Thad Smith - Director, “Everyman's War” – Best Picture, GI Film Festival 2009, Dan Schaefer – Production Designer/Storyboard Artist, and Crystal Shade - Makeup Department Head. Other presenters TBA.

Prerequisite: Basic nonlinear editing skills
Required Equipment: SD (Standard Definition) or HD (High Definition) Video Camera
Appropriate medium for capture
Nonlinear editing capability at home (for assignments)

About the Instructor:

TJ Civis is an Independent Filmmaker and Director of Photography. His most recent work was on the 35mm World War 2 Drama, “Everyman’s War” – Best Picture, GI Film Festival 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Upcoming Class! Drawing as Seeing, Level 1: Basic Drawing (Foundation) Skills

Instructor: M Wallulis

Drawing 1 ~ Drawing as Seeing Series, Level 1
Part One: Basic Drawing (Foundation) Skills, Intro
6 wks, intensive.
Monday evenings, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
November 2 (registration) through December 14, 2009
Tuition: $180

Our focus for this 6-wk intensive will be on key components of foundation basic drawing skills and technique. We will examine ways of critically seeing and selectively recording information. We will learn and work with contour line, proportion, perspective, compositional balance, measuring tools & techniques, value, and light. We will touch on line techniques such as varied line, hatching & cross hatching.  Several different approaches and strategies will be introduced to build and develop both quicker studies and finished drawings from still life, live models, and other sources as subject material. In addition to learning how to create a representational work, the student will develop a visual working vocabulary, critique ability, and conceptual skills. Emphasis will be placed not only on foundation drawing skills but also, and perhaps more importantly, on developing work that has personal meaning and value. The student will be asked to document the works created and submit both works on cd and a physical portfolio at the end of the 6 wks for a critique and portfolio review.

Prereq: No previous formal drawing instruction necessary. Requires willingness to be open minded, work hard, complete assignments and participate in individual & group critiques. Must be open to constructive criticism & feedback, willing to work both independently & collaboratively with other artists.

*Please contact the instructor directly at to register &/or for more information on this course and other upcoming workshops, lectures, and events.

About the instructor:

Martha Wallulis holds a BFA in Painting from PNCA (the Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, OR) and a BA in Liberal Studies from Portland State University She has been working successfully as a professional artist for 20 years. She teaches private lessons and workshops for youth/adults in visual arts, voice, and visual art business practices. Recent MW shows include live painting in The Round in both Portland & Seattle, new oil paintings exhibited in Pretty Vacant (a group show of national artists) at Worksound Gallery  in 2009 and a Duo show with Krislyn Dillard at Launchpad Gallery entitled Crossover in 2007.

Ms. Wallulis offers art/business consulting, interior design, and curatorial services for artists, art organizations, collectors, and businesses. She works with local art/nonprofit organizations including the Cascade AIDS Project Annual Art Evening & Auction, for which she is serving on the Procurement Committee. An active member in community events, education, and services, Martha is a professional cantor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and scholar of the Greek Byzantine Arts.

Please contact the artist for more info at &/or visit & .

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Welcome to the new blog for CMA Studio. Please stay tuned for upcoming classes, workshops, and events. Please contact us at or 503.960.1457 for space reservations and additional information.

Thank you and see you soon!