Undergraduate Degree




DF3006 Cinematography II

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DF2003; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To deliver to students through practice-based teaching a continuation of the skills that they learned in DF2003 Cinematography I. To develop the students understanding of advanced digital cinematography techniques and of the role of the cinematographer within the larger creative process.


This course will develop the students the ability to confidently establish a unique filmic identity that is relevant and appropriate to the needs of a film. The role of the cinematographer will be further established and explored with particular reference to the collaborative part that they play in the larger production team. The need to maintain cinematic continuity is a key element of this course.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• The camera, its format, the capture device and 

- How to read a waveform monitor. 

- Explore the latitude of a HD image and test it with a keylight test.

• The cinematic system of narrative 

- Style and how to establish it

- How style can serve narrative

• Working with a director and cameraman


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Special effects
- Green key, blue key lighting, chroma key etc.
• Lighting techniques 
- Pack shot 
- Macro recording

During this exercise the students use cinematic technique to adapt a screen play to visuals in a distinctive style. 
Reflection and analysis of the results of the exercises and drawing conclusions.



• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have a developed understanding of the role of the cinematographer in the establishment of the visual identity of a film.

Student Assessment

    • Final Assessment: 40%

    • Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


    1. Roy Thompson, Christopher J Bowen, Grammar of the Shot, Focal Press

    2. Blain Brown, Cinematography, Focal Press

    3. Richard Ferncase, Quicktime for Filmmakers, Focal Press

    4. Anna K Sterling, Cinematographers on the Art and Craft of Cinematography, The Scarerow Press Inc.

    5. Jennifer Van Sijll, Cinematic Storytelling –The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Michael Wiese Productions

    6. Paul Wheeler, Digital Cinematography, Focal Press.

    7. Leonard Maltin (Ed), Behind the Ca​mera: The Cinematographer’s Art, Signet