Film Cinematographer Fundamentals


SKU: film-cine-fundamentals


The greatest script, the best actors, a well-financed film still needs a talented cinematographer who can capture the emotion visually through the camera and bring the film to life!

Cinematographers understand how to create a story from start to finish.

During this course, you will learn:

  • What is a Director of Photography?
  • Overview of position and responsibilities
  • How DP responsibilities can change from job to job
  • Understanding your relationship with producers and directors
  • Common misconceptions
  • Differences in Digital Cinema Cameras: Benefits and Drawbacks to each
  • Choosing the right Camera
  • Working in HD or 4K
  • What is a lens?
  • “Cine” lenses and “Still” lenses- Whats the Difference?
  • How to choose the right lens for your shot
  • Focus- what you should know
  • What is parfocal?
  • What is framing?
  • Basic framing- Rule of Thirds
  • Three basic shots: Wide, Medium, Close up
  • Lenses and Framing- How a lens can illustrate emotion
  • How to frame interviews
  • How to frame dialogue
  • “Breaking the Line” What is this and why is this important?
  • Shooting for the edit
  • Lighting: How to light the scene
  • My philosophy to lighting (a lifelong pursuit of learning)
  • Tungsten and Daylight
  • Fresnel, open-face & soft lights
  • LED and HMIs
  • Three point lighting
  • Adding a Fill light
  • Talking to the Director- what’s the shot?
  • Identifying problem spots
  • Finesse the scene
  • The essential skill: Shooting an interior interview
  • Understanding depth
  • Real time lighting transitions- i.e. not understanding the edit
  • Using foreground

And much more!


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