Upcoming Event

Katie Milwright ACS - Approach to Narrative Cinematography

Date: Saturday, July 22nd 2023
Duration: 6.5 Hours
Cost: From AUD$295 (Price includes GST)
Location: MoodLab, Level 1/15 Aberdeen Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
Class Size: 25
Suitability: For Emerging and Early-Career DP's | Camera Operators and Camera Assistants looking to start shooting | DPs shooting other genres
HotShot Qualifier?: Yes


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We are very pleased to announce Katie has found a break in her busy shooting schedule to share her incredible knowledge and experiences with you at this ShotClass Masterclass.

Katie Milwright ACS (Deadloch, The Clearing, Upright, Please Like Me, Young Rock, Celeste, Looking For Grace) is a multi-award winning cinematographer who has had incredible success throughout her career. She is a much sought-after DP and has an impressive resumé covering Feature Films, TV Series, TV Commercials, Documentary and Installations….and much more. Katie’s whirlwind career hasn’t taken a breather from the moment she stepped up to shoot. Find out what it takes to achieve that level of success at this masterclass.

This one-dayer is perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to go about shooting long form narrative, how to prepare yourself and how to get it on the screen at a consistently award-winning level. And there’s more to it than that. Katie will also cover how her methods apply to shooting TVC’s, Music Video and Documentary.

Does this sound like you?

  • Emerging or Early-Career Cinematographer
  • Experienced DP, but working in other genres, wanting to learn how to shoot narrative drama, better
  • Cinematographer working in narrative, but keen to compare notes with one of the best
  • Camera Operator or Camera Assistant, thinking about beginning to shoot more
  • Film crew member wanting to come over to the Camera Department and start shooting
  • Cinematography Student, ready to take the next big step to launch their career

If so, this is great way to get started on the right foot. This is invaluable knowledge and so hard to gain on set…. or anywhere else.

Katie Milwright ACS

Katie will explain her process from the moment she lands a job. The pre-production pathway, how to set yourself up before shooting begins, collaborations with her principal crew, working with the colourist in creating the look and making LUTs. The key to success and a great result, is in preparation. Then she will screen and go through several examples of productions she has worked on to give real-life accounts of how scenes were planned, shot and how challenges were met and overcome.

We will be joined during the day by frequent collaborators of Katie, colourist CJ Dobson (MoodLab) and 1st AC Grant Sweetnam, who will join in on the conversation to discuss process.

There will be an ARRI Mini LF production camera kit on hand with a full selection of lenses to allow for practical demonstrations of what Katie considers when choosing her shooting package for a show. She will run through testing set ups and discuss how composition, light and lens choices can influence the feel of the shots.

It is extremely beneficial having access to someone like Katie, and the time to discuss the nuance of her choices. It’s a great opportunity to learn from professional experience and avoid trying to figure it out on your own shoots.

Get a jump ahead in this rare masterclass. And spend a day with a superb DP who loves sharing her knowledge. ShotClass is committed to providing a welcoming experience and access to events for everyone.

Lunch and drinks are included. We cater for dietary requirements which can be noted on the registration form.

After the masterclass, you are invited to join us for a mixer in the bar where you can share your thoughts, meet with others and ask Katie questions more informally. It’s great way to relax after the day.

Ok, this might be a slight exaggeration

Are you a HotShot?

Announcing our new ShotClass HotShots offer. Any returning ShotClass event participant is eligible for a special discount on most of our events. If you have previously completed one or more of our events, you are an automatic ‘HotShot’ and can purchase your ticket for less. It’s our way of saying thanks for participating.


Places are strictly limited. Don’t miss out. Applications are not required for this event. Register and Pay early to secure a lower price. Registration form must be completed. See below.


  • Early Bird – Register & Pay by July 7th: ACS Member/Student* HotShot $295.
  • Early Bird – Register & Pay by July 7th: Standard Entry $345
  • Register & Pay from July 8th onwards: ACS Member/Student* HotShot $345.
  • Register & Pay from July 8th onwards: Standard Entry $395

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**IF you change your mind or pick up a job and need to cancel up to 2 weeks before the course, you get full a refund, no questions asked.

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Katie Milwright

Katie Milwright ACS

Katie Milwright is an award-winning director of photography and was the tenth female cinematographer to be accredited by the ACS. Katie works across film, television, art and documentary and has won nine ACS awards for her work.

In television Katie has recently completed shooting Guesswork and Amazon’s DEADLOCH, as well as THE CLEARING for Disney Plus and Wooden Horse Productions, and has shot multiple episodes of YOUNG ROCK for Universal NBC in 2020 which debuted to strong ratings during the pandemic. Katie shot eight episodes of UPRIGHT created by and starring Tim Minchin, the series was produced by Lingo Pictures, for Sky and Foxtel and has sold internationally. Katie set up and shot the first two episodes of TIDELANDS for Netflix. Katie was set-up director of photography on the first series of Josh Thomas’ PLEASE LIKE ME. Katie shot the second series of LAID directed by Abe Forsythe and Ben Chessell’s tele movie THE HEARTBREAK TOUR for SBS which she won a Silver ACS Vic Award for.

Katie’s film credits include: feature film CELESTE, directed by longtime collaborator Ben Hackworth; feature documentary GURRUMUL about the life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won an AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary; GUILTY, a hybrid feature documentary directed by Matthew Sleeth; THREE SUMMERS, a feature written and directed by Ben Elton; Italian/Australian co-production feature THE SPACE BETWEEN by writer/director Ruth Borgobello which was selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards; LOOKING FOR GRACE, directed by Sue Brooks and produced which was selected for Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival; SUCKER directed by Ben Chessell and starring Timothy Spall, which was theatrically released in 2015. (Katie won the 2016 Gold ACS Vic & Tas Award for her work on both of these films); THE WEDDING PARTY directed by Amanda Jane which was nominated for best cinematography at the New York International Film Festival; feature film CORROBOREE, which screened at festivals in Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne and for which Katie won the 2007 Gold ACS Vic Award.