FLM310 Cinematography I

Course Description

The aesthetic principles and technical aspects of cinematography discovered and seen through the lens of the camera in a nonfiction approach. This includes effective lens choice, aspect ratio, composition, maintaining appropriate lines of action, exposure, depth of field, focus and observing, and selecting natural light and camera angles that complement the narrative.

Learning Outcomes

  • Operate a digital still and video camera to capture images with proper framing, composition, and shot size in a variety of settings and conditions
  • Discuss the visual components of cinematic spaceandamp;#8212;horizontal, vertical and z axes, line and shapeandamp;#8212;and their effect on the emotional intensity of a framed image
  • Illustrate the selection of shot sizes, matching and non-matching, complimentary and non-complimentary sides appropriate to the emotional intensity of a narrative sequence
  • Select shot sizes and camera angles relative to the subject's position and eye line that compliment the emotional intensity of a narrative sequence
  • Apply the 180 degree rule to the selection of camera positions used to cover one, two and three lines of action in a narrative sequence while maintaining continuity of eye line and screen direction
  • Illustrate the effective use of the depth on the z-axis using foreground, mid ground and background planes to compose shots for a narrative sequence
  • Employ the rule of thirds in the composition of a shot to achieve a balanced frame in a variety of shot sizes
  • Employ visual compositional elements in the composition of a shot appropriate to the emotional intensity of a narrative sequence