Choreography for the Camera

with Festival Director, Kailee McMurran
Amy Leona Havin
OCTober 21st 2023 | 10:00 AM PST – 12:00 PM PST
Festival Pass Holder: $35 | Non pass holder: $45
Reduced Priced Scholoarships available upon request

Choreography for the Camera with Kailee McMurran

About the Workshop

Kailee’s two hour workshop will go over the basics of filmmaking and its terminology, as well as the key differences between successful dance films and staged dance performances. One of the essential components of creating a successful dance film is understanding frame compositions. Attendees will learn how to create detailed thumbnails, frame their shots, and learn/practice a choreography for the camera research technique.

By the end of the class, attendees will have the knowledge to film their own dance film as well as communicate effectively with directors and directors of photography to capture the composition for their choreography.

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The Holding Project

About the Artist

Kailee McMurran

is an award winning dance filmmaker who resides in Portland, OR. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Western Oregon University where she danced nationally & internationally as a principal with Rainbow Dance Theatre under the co-direction of former Pilobolus dancer Darryl Thomas & former Merce Cunningham dancer Valerie Bergman. Notable performances include the 2011 World Expo in Shanghai, China and the gala performance of the American College Dance Festival.

After relocating to Portland she co-founded and collaborated with SubRosa Dance Collective, a women ran collective that produced five evening length performances, three dance films including Trussed, awarded Best Film at Richmond Dance Festival, and Unfolding, which received an honorable mention at Jacksonville Dance Festival, the Audience Award at Portland Dance Film Fest, and screened in over 20 festivals. Kailee also joined Do Jump in 2011, a physical theatre company that uses circus, comedy, joy, and acrobatics. Notable performances include a 36 show tour on Broadway’s New Victory Theater in Times Square.

Kailee is the founder and director of Portland Dance Film Fest, a multi-day dance film festival that curates and screens submitted films from around the world, as well as hosts workshops, networking events, and creates relationships with international and national filmmaker. She also runs a stationery and watercolor business called Selkie Stationery… all while holding a handstand. Find out more at