Cinematography: Composition, Color, and Style

Intermediate—Fall
Building on the foundation of Working With Light and Shadows, this course will continue to explore many of the elements at play in the construction of a shot, including framing, color, exposure, depth of field, and movement. More ambitious and intricate short scenes will be produced in class, geared toward expanding skills in terms of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Students will discuss their work and give feedback that will be incorporated into the next round of projects. For conference work, students will be required to produce a new short project on HD video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the semester. They will write the concept, outline the project, write and/or collaborate on the screenplay to be shot, draw floor plans, create shot-lists, shoot, edit, and screen the final project for the class. Students will collaborate with peers on projects in order to hone their abilities. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that challenges the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should have the skill set and feel confident in applying for entry-level or better production opportunities on professional productions.