MASTERCLASS: Creative Composition



The composition of a picture is critical to creating a pleasing image that will engage the viewer.

In this masterclass, participants will learn about the “rule of thirds” plus classical composition techniques such as fibonacci curves as well as film techniques such as "lead space" and how to apply them to video and film productions. Using a series of case studies, the students will be shown how well known directors have used these and other methods to frame and compose their shots. The class will investigate the composition of both static shots and scenes where the camera is moved and how light and lighting can be used to draw the viewers attention to particular subjects or parts of the scene.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basics of composition
  • Understand the "rule of thirds" and Fibonacci curves
  • Understand the techniques of having composition within moving shots
  • Learn the effect of lighting on composition


Who Should Attend

Producers, Cameramen, Directors of Photography, Directors


(Duration) Date

(1 Days) -

Registration Closing Date: -



9:30am to 5:30pm


Fees (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Application Fee: S$53.50 -Waived-

Full Course Fee*: S$2,354.00

*This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant (T-Assist). Terms and conditions apply. For more information, click here


Trainer Profile

Alister Chapman started working in broadcast television in 1987 filming the world rally championship as a camera assistant and then junior camera operator shooting on 16mm film and then on video. He was also responsible for designing and fitting in car cameras to race and rally cars for BBC. He became freelance in 1990 but continued to film motor racing for BBC, Eurosport and Sky until 1995. In 1995, he started to film, edit and produce a magazine programme for Sky television called X-Culture about adventure sports. In 1999, his own production company got a commission from National Geographic to produce a one-hour special on severe storms and tornado chasing called Twister Tours. Further commissions from Discovery and Channel 4 followed this. In 2001, he started shooting high-end stock footage for use in documentaries and films and continue to do this today. His footage has been included in hundreds of television programmes and several feature films including East of EdenThe Day After Tomorrow and Into The Storm. He also consults on camera setup and workflow for many production companies and broadcasters. He runs camera-training events for Estonia TV and NRK (Norway) and he is an assessor for Estonia TV’s Education Department.

Alister is a Sony ICE (independent Certified Expert). His specialties are news and documentary camera work, digital cinematography, digital imaging technician, advanced camera setup. He was one of the first Sony ICE’s and helped establish the ICE programme in Europe in 2009.



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