The Craft of the Cinematographer
Learn to apply the basic principles of the cinematographer by executing several short film assignments as well as through lectures and discussions covering lighting, shooting, widescreen, color, black & white, and more.
What you can learn.
- Understand the aesthetics of cinematography in depth
- Learn more about the use of composition, depth of field, and different shot types as artistic tools
- Gain a greater knowledge of screen direction, framing, and execution
- Be tested on your creativity and understanding of cinematographic concepts by completing projects outside of class
About this course:Learn to apply your knowledge of the principles and elements of cinematography through the making of several short filmmaking assignments. Lectures and discussion cover various lighting and shooting techniques, such as panoramic/widescreen, the use of color or black and white, the use of composition and depth of field as artistic tools, the different shot types and concept of screen direction, how to best frame a shot, and the best ways to execute these techniques. Simultaneously, various film genres are examined. You are asked to test your creativity and understanding of the different cinematography concepts, techniques, and genres presented by completing shooting exercises using your own camera outside of class. Student work is screened and critiqued in class. You must provide your own video camera, have access to editing equipment and software, and be able to output your assignments to various media sources.
It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for The Craft of the Cinematographer.
Students must have access to a digital video camera and editing equipment and software. Successful completion of FILM TV X 478.27A Introduction to Cinematography and FILM TV X 478.283 Lighting for Emotional Impact is strongly recommended.
Winter 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
No meetings January 20; February 17, 2020.
Discounts cannot be applied to a portion of fees for this course.
Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Internet access required.