Cinemalaya Institute

Cinematography

CINEMATOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (3 weeks)
William Tunnicliffe

Course Summary

An intensive Cinematography that looks at the art and practice of cinematography as a powerful tool for visual storytelling. Lectures are combined with in-class shooting exercises on a soundstage in order to explore the aesthetics of cinematography within three major areas: composition, light, and movement. Practical training will cover established protocols for cinematography on dramatic film productions. As students create images and film scenes, they learn how to use digital cameras; how to compose shots; how to select and balance lenses; how to move the camera for dramatic effect; and how to light scenes with professional lighting and grip equipment. Shooting exercises range from basic 3-point lighting to matching scenes from feature films which recreate complex lighting, blocking and framing. Students with different levels of media experience will work together in crews, so that experienced and inexperienced students will both benefit from the practical, hands-on training. Classes meet in the studio space for six hours each day. Assignments are also given for DSLR shooting outside the classroom, which incorporates the lessons learned on stage during the studio classes.

Course Objectives

The cinematographer's job is not just to create beautiful imagery--it is to tell a story visually, to support the director's vision, and to create the appropriate mood, feel, and rhythm for the film. This course takes the students through all aspects of cinematography with these goals in mind: Why am I shooting it this way? How is this supporting the film? Is there a better way to see this? Wha works best for the characters, for the moment, and for the story?

Practical training is also paramount for cinematographers as there are many tools at their disposal  for visualization. So this course challenges the students to work on stage and set up shots in order to master the practical tools of lighting, grip, and camera gear. Handheld training is also given to help students physicalize their understanding of movement and how critical different types of movement can be to the cinematographer. 

At the end of the three weeks the students will have shot the several scenes on stage with complex lighting, blocking and shooting setups. They will have a complete understanding of a professional cinematographers's procedures and tools. They will also have done DSLR shooting exercises outside, in the real world, which train them to find the same visual opportunities within everyday life that they have setup on the stage. They will learn to see the natural light, natural environments, and everyday human interaction with a cinematographer's eye. Students will learn how to create dynamic shots on stage and they will also learn how to create powerful imagery on location, on lower budget productions with more limited resources; such as documentaries or reality based shooting projects.

By practicing their craft, they will learn the art of cinematography.

Brief Description

  1. Professor:  William Tunnicliffe (director-cinematographer; currently on faculty of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Department)
  2. Format:  workshops, lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings.
  3. No. of Students:  20 students maximum
  4. Class Schedule:  Two full days a week, 13-30 June 2017; 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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