Skip to Main Content

Joni Varner

Cinema 2: Beginning Motion Picture Workshop (Dylan Shields & Joni Varner)

This the LACC Cinema 2 Home Page

Deadlines are for Varner's class section 14876 and 14884

Cinema 2 Class Schedule & Syllabus Dates


The Cinema 2 classes will be in the distance education/online spring semester 2021. Enhanced skills for mobile cinema technology will be taught using student-owned equipment (i.e., smartphones, cameras), with online instruction, screenings and peer-review for individually produced short video projects.

There will be Zoom meetings each week through Canvas. These meetings are recommended, but not required. Recordings of the meetings will be available through Canvas. You are not required to have a Zoom or Canvas account - it is all done through the student portal:

If you need help with Canvas, or logging into the Student Portal, call the toll-free Student Help Line at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information to help students also about free internet access and laptop give aways:

March 04 - Project 1 Due 
April 15 - Project 2 Due
May 13 - Project 3 Due



Teaching Assistant:

Moisés Pérez Cinematographer:

Class meeting Times.

Will be announced through Canvas and will be through Zoom meetings

Understanding Shooting Permits/ Where to get them

Link for Permission to Shoot on the LACC Campus

LACC FACILITES REQUEST FORM (Not available spring 2021)

  1. Students must give the Facilities Administration 10 days in advance notice.
  2. A script or storyboard should be uploaded with this link. This is to help inform the Sheriff's office and other groups using the campus on what to expect.
  3. Sundays & Holidays - Buildings are closed, and if the student needs to film inside of the building, during these times, and permission is granted, Facilties Administration needs to hire someone to open and close the building and monitor. 

Link for Permission to Shoot in the City/County of LA

FILMLA STUDENT PERMITS (Available spring 2021 - depending on pandemic guidelines)


Cinema Safety Guidelines 


Smartphone Filmmaking

Where to find actors

Preparing to Shoot

Permit Information

SAG Student Film Agreement

Request for Liability Insurance Form

Film Emporium - Production Insurance

Resources for Storyboarding


Sample Model Release

Schedule Planning Checklist Grid

Liability Waiver

Preparing to Shoot

Pictorial Continuity - Lecture from Dylan Shields

Sample Documentary Treatment

LACC Boom Kit Instructions

LACC Boom Kit Checkout Form

Excellent Boom Pole Instructional Video

Camera & Support Information

Cameras and Tripods

User Guide for Zoom Q4 camera

DSLR vs. Camcorder

Top Ten Camera Reviews

Best Digital cameras for video

Best DSLR for video

SD Card Speeds

Memory Card Basics

High Defintion Camcorders on Ebay


Shooting with Double System

While many filmmakers get fabulous picture with their camcorders and HDSLR’s, they often have poor sound.  Double system is a great way to get excellent sound at it can be done at a low cost.   Here are two excellent products.   The first is the Zoom audio recorder which can be obtained at many electronic stores and the second is the Pluraleyes or Dualeyes software,  produced and sold by Singular.  Here are links to more information.


Free Sound Effects and music Websites

Here are a few sites that offer free sound effects and music. But read the terms carefully. Most charge for use outside of home or classroom.

Top 10 Editing Programs under $100


Zoom Q4 Camera User Guide PDF

Canon Vixia Instructions Download

Canon Vixia HFr300 PowerPoint 

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911