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.
• 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
The student will have a developed understanding of the role of the cinematographer in the establishment of the visual identity of a film.
Continuous assessment components may include:
Roy Thompson, Christopher J Bowen, Grammar of the Shot, Focal Press
Blain Brown, Cinematography, Focal Press
Richard Ferncase, Quicktime for Filmmakers, Focal Press
Anna K Sterling, Cinematographers on the Art and Craft of Cinematography, The Scarerow Press Inc.
Jennifer Van Sijll, Cinematic Storytelling –The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Michael Wiese Productions
Paul Wheeler, Digital Cinematography, Focal Press.
Leonard Maltin (Ed), Behind the Camera: The Cinematographer’s Art, Signet