Cinematography Fundamentals Virtual Workshop

18

Min. Age

15-20

Batch Size

Basic

Skill Level

4 weeks

Duration

English

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Overview

Cinematography is to Filmmaking like a Lens is to a Camera; neither can function without the other. Hence, Cinematographers have one of the most essential jobs in any film production: bringing a director’s vision to life.

They do this by creating unforgettable images that will have a meaningful impact on our minds. But artistry apart, Cinematography is also a highly technical field. A good Cinematographer needs to know the physics of optics, the chemistry of laboratory processing, the electronics of video cameras and the mathematics of exposure. If ever there was a profession that married science and art, it is the profession of Cinematography.

Living Bridge’s philosophy of learning by doing means that our students develop their technical skills and artistic identities through a dynamic combination of classroom experience, practical hands-on exercises, and instructor-led individual projects. To this end, all students will be able to shoot at a basic level as well as appreciate the creative possibilities of cinematography.

OBJECTIVES OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Understand, through lectures and exercises, the basic concepts of the Camera and how operate and manipulate its properties to create meaning and story in the visual medium of moving images.
  • Gain essential “know-how” of standard practices and methodologies of the cinematography profession so that each participant can begin working on their own projects after the workshop. 
  • Through screenings of master cinematographers as well as interaction with the mentor, give every participant an opportunity to  get inspired and discover their own creative identity.
  • Through innovative exercises and a final short film project, ensure that the core principles of cinematography are ingrained in every individual.

The Workshop will be conducted over 4 Weeks from 18:00 to 21:00 every weekday.

Cinematography Fundamentals Online Workshop

SYLLABUS

WEEK 1: Camera Basics, Visual Composition and the Human Eye
  • The Camera
    • History of camera: Pin Hole to SLR, various Camera Formats (film), Image Formation.
  • Still / Video Camera
    • DSLR Camera, Video Camcorders.
    • Assignment 1: Creating a Story Board.
  • Digital Video / Cinema Camera
    • Digital Video, Digital Cinema Cameras and Formats.
  • Visual composition, Human Eye and Lens
    • Rules of Composition; Visual Mediums, Painting, and Graphic Art.
    • Visual Metaphors in Compositions; B&W, Monochrome, and Colour.
    • Comparison between Human Eye and a Camera Lens.
  • Lens Properties
    • Simple lens, focus, types of lenses, principles of depth of field/depth of focus; Circles of Confusion.
    • Assignment 2: Selective Focus Exercise.
WEEK 2: Advanced Camera Concepts, Movement, and Lens
  • Image Exposure
    • Exposure Formulas, Aperture, Shutter, ISO; Exposure Triangle Relationship, White Balance, Colour Temperature, Digital Exposure Tools, Dynamic Range.
  • Lens Language
    • All kinds of Cinema Lenses, Lens Design, Lens Perspective, Resolving Power/MTF for a Lens.
    • Assignment 3: Depth of Field Exercise.
  • Digital Sensors
    • Types of Sensors.
    • Bayer Pattern Sensor: A to D Conversion in a Bayer Sensor, De-Bayering and RGB Image Processing.
  • Camera Movement
    • Simple Camera Movement: Pan and Tilt.
    • Track and Trolley: Perspective & Image size change. 
    • Handheld/Steadicam/Gimble Camera Operation Methods, Image Stabilization.
  • Lens Properties
    • Simple lens, focus, types of lenses, principles of depth of field/depth of focus; Circles of Confusion.
    • Assignment 4: Selective Focus.
WEEK 3: Lighting
  • Lighting 1: Natural World
    • Observing Natural Light: Daylight- sunlight and skylight, and Natural Incandescent Light Sources.
    • Basic Properties and Characteristics of Light: Reflection, Refraction etc. Emr and Visible Light Spectrum.
  • Lighting 2: Artificial/ Practical Light Sources
    • Light Housing Design, Professional Light Bulbs, Use of Colour Filters, Household Practical Sources, Mired Value and Mired Shift.
  • Lighting 3
    • Inverse Square Law, Limitations of using ISL, Understanding Contrast in Lighting, Single Source Lighting.
    • Assignment 5: Night lighting – Create a Scene.
  • Lighting 4
    • Augmentation for  Single Source Lighting while Using Practical Sources, Classical 3 Point Lighting, Ratio Lighting, High key/low key.
  • Colour Science
    • Human visual system: Retina and Colour Perception, Colour models-hsv/hsl, Additive and Subtractive colour models.

WEEK 4: Color, Workflow, and Final Film
  • Color aesthetic; Design Application
    • Art movements, Paintings, from Newton’s color Wheel to Goethe, Maxwell, X-Rite Color charts and it’s Application in Cinematography.
    • Discussion on Troubleshooting/Problems while Shooting.
  • Basic Camera Workflow
    • Camera Workflows – from Origination to Deliverable
  • Color Management; Color Spaces
    • Color management-from shooting to color correction
    • Different color Spaces for Different types of Deliverables.
  • Screening and Assessment
    • Review/Assessment/Appreciation of the course ending Short Film.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Demonstrations are purely based on pre-recorded internet based videos and study material. A full-length film list will be provided to students for their self analysis and understanding of the craft; some of these will be discussed in the class from time to time (so watch as many as you can). Some films that are already a part of the curriculum are mandatory. For the final short-film the core ideas will be decided by the Mentor, Lalit Tewari and Living Bridge.

Prerequisites for the workshop

  • One needs to have a DSLR or at least a semi DSLR/Mirrorless Camera with Minimum HD video recording capability and a tripod.
  • Before commencing of the course, participants need to submit 5 still photographs and a short video clip, to assess their orientation towards the course (details for the submission will be provided when you register).

About the Mentor

Lalit Tiwari Cinematography Professor Pune

Lalit Tewari

Cinematographer

Over the past 23 years Lalit Tewari, an independent cinematographer has worked on a wide range of productions, from ad films and TV shows to feature films and documentaries. He approaches every new project with gusto and is always looking for opportunities to challenge himself and learn something new. Learning, Lalit believes is a lifelong process and the only way one can gain vitality in any walk of life.

Having accumulated a vast pool of knowledge and experience, Lalit has also been teaching for the past few years. He was an Associate Professor in the Cinematography department at FTII, Pune for 8 years. He has conducted short cinematography courses at Bhavan’s College; SIES; Wilsons College; IIT, Mumbai; NID; MIT and Living Bridge, Pune.

“Inspiring passionate students to pursue a career in filmmaking would be one of my biggest achievements”, says Lalit. He believes it is his duty to share his expertise with budding filmmakers and show them the path to achieve their goals.

Lalit Tewari holds a Diploma in Cinematography (FTII, 1996) and a Masters Degree in Ancient Indian History and Archeology (Kumaon University, 1992). He has worked on films such as: “Earth Movers”, “Weather Report”, “The Fluid City”, “Ek Haseena Thi”, “Partners in Crime” and many more.

 

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