CURRICULUM - Cinematography

The main focus of this course is to impart a strong theoretical foundation for the cinematography process and to augment the theoretical knowledge with practical experience of lighting in studio sets and actual locations comparable to industry standards. And to embellish the understanding of the cinematography process to a finer level by working with professional cinematographers. Many workshops with senior gifted cinematographers would be conducted for this purpose. Guest faculty would also be invited to discuss and present topics related to cinematography and allied subjects. Projects would be assigned during each trimester and evaluated by the faculty.

Medium of instruction will be English

I Semester Overview

This semester the students will be initiated into the world of images and its wonder. Probing from the wonder of ‘Eye-Vision’ to the magic of ‘Cinema’, it will be a journey through science, magic and human civilization.

Practical Exercises
1. Basic Elements – Shape, Tone, Texture, Colour, Form, Pattern & Light. Telling an idea/create a theme with 5 – 10 images.
2. Continuity exercise [video] – 3 – 5 minutes.
3. Practical sessions on 3 point lighting and exposure.
4. Practical sessions for camera operation.
5. Latitude/exposure test.

II Semester Overview

This semester the students will have a more focused understanding of the mechanics, techniques and aesthetics of lighting treatment. In this semester the students will also become familiar with everyday problems and practical solutions and equip them with a sound knowledge to use alternative effective methods. .

Practical Exercises
1. Studio practical in lighting
2. Digital Video shooting with only available light.
3. Location Lighting day and night Dialogue exercise – 5 – 10 min

III Semester Overview

This semester the students will develop the skill to have a sensitive visual imagination blended with agile application of new technology for the new challenges. Students will be prepared to understand and handle everything about modern digital technologies. Students will also be trained in how to handle and project emotions on screen with the able use of cinematic language.

Practical Exercises
1. Lighting with available light, use of reflectors.
2. Lighting practical in location and sets.
3. Lighting for mood, day-night etc.
4. Analysis and Understanding of cinematographic works of Masters.

IV Semester Overview

This semester will be the concentrated period in which the students will actualize their theoretical knowledge in a Thesis Paper- And practical knowledge into project works of a 30 min. Diploma Film and a 1 min. Advertisement Film

Reference Texts
1. “The Basic Photography” by Michael J. Langford
2. “The Advanced Photography” by Michael J. Langford
3. “Basic Motion Picture Technology” by Bernard Happe, Focal Press.
4. “The Cinematographers’ Handbook” by A.S. Kanal, Fuji.
5. “Lighting for Film and Electronic Cinematography” by Viera, Dave.
6. “Photographic Theory for the Motion Picture Cameraman” by Russel Cambell
7. “The Technique of Lighting for Television and Film” by Gerald Millerson
8. “The Five Cs of Cinematography” by Joseph V Macelli
9. “The Negative” by Ansal Adams
10. “Directing – Film Techniques and Aesthetics” by Michael Rabiger
11. “The Technique of Special Effects Cinematography” by Raymond Fielding

Other Must Read Texts
1. “Zen Seeing Zen Drawing” by Frederic Franc
2. “Da Vinci Decoded” by Michael J Gelb
3. “Sculpting In Time” by Andrei Tarkovsky
4. “Pedagogical Sketchbook” by Paul Klee
5. “Art and Science” by Sian Ede
6. “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche
7. Haiku Poetry by Basho, Isa, Ikkiyu, Buson etc.
8. The Secret Language of Film by Jean Claude Carriere

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