Mike Shum is a filmmaker who specializes in cinematography and journalism. Shum’s work explores the ways in which we perceive and define home within contexts of historical and cultural struggle. Most recently, Shum was the writer-director and producer on the Frontline/PBS post-election special collaboration, American Voices. The broadcast film is an excerpt of a long-term project following people in the United States as they live through the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition to these collaborations, Shum works with renowned media organizations like BBC, Al Jazeera Witness, Time Magazine, and National Geographic.
Mike's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jun 13 - 17, 2022
Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking
Documentary filmmaking can serve as a unique intersection between art and journalism. Throughout the week, students explore concepts and references that help reimagine the way we see film, nonfiction, journalism, art and time. Topics covered include video capture, cinematography, the choice of camera settings. ISO, aperture, color temperature, shutter speed, frame rate, and lens selection. We discuss the basics of filmmaking language and visual storytelling. Students gain the fundamental skills to work proficiently with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras in the field as well as a better understanding the of the ways we can use the moving image to express thoughts and ideas.