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Digital Cinematography for Film

EM 180

Digital Cinematography for Film

EM 180

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 3.

Provides basic knowledge of the visual aesthetics of long and short narrative film through film study and hands-on operation of camera and lighting equipment . Introduces concepts such as storyboarding, shot lists, filming and post-production processes using basic editing and color grading techniques. Provides hands-on experience with video equipment and associated accessories to tell a story visually. (20-40)

Outcomes and Objectives

Distinguish different filming and lighting styles of films and other media to develop an understanding of the visual language of film.

Objectives:

  • Study and discuss cinematographers and their unique styles. Identify different visual styles and how they contribute to storytelling in film.
  • Discuss how camera movement influences the narrative of film.

Use various techniques to translate a written story into a workable shooting schedule by organizing and breaking down visual concepts.

Objectives:

  • Identify the visual aspects of a screenplay or Audio/Visual script and create sketches organized into a storyboard.
  • Break down storyboard and other elements into a working shot list, translated into a shooting schedule to create an organized production plan.

Demonstrate ability in the use of cameras and associated support systems to capture visual concepts originating from storyboards. Understand and execute the use of natural and artificial light to create the appropriate look for a film.

Objectives:

  • Learn how different types of cameras (such as video, DSLRs and use of 35mm adapters) influence cinematography.
  • Demonstrate the use of different camera support systems in relation to handheld techniques, sliders, jibs and tripods.
  • Identify and use multiple lighting techniques that add to the overall aesthetic of the film.

Demonstrate the basics of simple editing techniques and color grading using non-linear editors.

Objectives:

  • Utilize basic editing and color grading to put the final touches on the visual look of a narrative film.
  • Gain experience with specific software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects as they relate to film.