November 30, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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A Cinematography Workshop with Danny Nowak

Sponsored by CMPA - BC Producer's Branch 

Date:   November 30th

Time:   10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: SFU Woodwards, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings


  • 10:00 Intro to Cameras and Cinematography
  • 11:00 Camera Workshop with Tony Dean
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 Panel discussion
  • 4:00 Wrap

Workshop Topics covered:

  • How does the cinematographer work with the director?
  • Film vs Digital
  • Digital formats
  • Lenses
  • Lighting: Colour Temperature and the quality of the source
  • HD, 2K, 4K
  • 3D
  • Unions and Agents
  • The Digital Revolution
  • Setting up the RED EPIC Camera
  • 'Windowing' the sensor
  • Exposure
  • Capture Media and workflow
  • Frame rates and HDR

Panel Speakers: Scott MacDonald (Operations Manager Panavision Vancouver) Tony Dean (Producer, Director and workflow advisor), John Banovich, (Director, Cinematographer and writer)


Danny Nowak (C.S.C.)
Danny started his career as a maverick young cinematographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. After making a dozen of his own short films, he excelled behind the camera, shooting various projects around the world. In recent years, he has served as Director of Photography on many TV movies and over 20 feature films, including Tristar’s “The Big Hit”, Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” and Bruce McDonald’s “Hard Core Logo”.  Awards for his work include a Gemini (Canada’s Emmy) and top prize from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. Keeping in time with the latest advancements in technology, he is moving into 3D projects. More recently, he has joined the film department at Capilano University, and is instructor in Canada’s only full-time cinematography course. A patriot of Canadian Cinema, Danny is devoted to the development of the indigenous and international film art.

Scott MacDonald
Operations Manager/Senior Technical Marketing, Panavision Vancouver
I am an electronics engineering technologist and a computer, mobile and web application developer. I have been working in film and digital imaging for 30 years, 25 of which with Panavision, where I initiated Panavision Canada’s transition to Digital Imaging.

I created the first Net-cam (Hockey in the net goal cameras), the first self contained Flicker-Free Colour Video Assist and have contributed many and various other innovations to our industry. 

I have a passion for Technology of all kinds and love to share what I discover, so I have the perfect job.

Tony Dean
Producer, Director and workflow advisorr, REDRAD motion pictures
I have extensive experience in motion pictures, broadcast, music video, museum and science centre exhibits, Expo pavilions and ride films. For 20 years, I was senior filmmaker at The Lunny Group and thought I had the best job in the world. Working with this fantastically talented team of producers, designers, programmers and artists allowed me to hone my production skills as a director, editor and time-lapse cinematographer on an always changing roster of creative and technically challenging projects. I was an early adopter of the new digital cinema and invested in the technology. I now run a small camera rental house ( and workflow consultancy.  Now I help other people make their movies.

John Banovich, CSC
Director, Cinematographer and Writer
John is an accomplished, award-winning cinematographer of feature films, TV series, TV commercials, documentaries and music videos.

He has been involved in the film industry for twenty-one years, starting as an actor performing bit parts in Vancouver based TV series and B movies while attending university. After completing his first round of post secondary education, he purchased his first camera, a basic Arriflex 16mm package in 1992 to shoot wildlife documentaries. A few years later he traded in this camera package for a graciously accessorized Arriflex III generation three, continuing to shoot wildlife as well as music videos and television commercials. This lead to various 2nd unit director and DOP positions on a number of features and television series. With his computer science background, he started to expand into High Definition, shooting an inexpensive European television commercial in late 1996. From this introduction he began to work with a variety of HD systems. More recently he have had many opportunities to gain new experiences with a number of 4K cameras and various solid state recording systems including his own Sony F55.

John’s awards include 2008 Courage to Come Back, a 2005 Eddie Award, several Telly awards and a 2001 Gallant award for his involvement with Mothers Against Drinking and Driving TV Commercials shot in HD.