Working With Light and Shadows


This course will introduce students to the basics of cinematography and film production. In addition to covering camera operation, students will explore composition, visual style, and overall operation of lighting and grip equipment. Students will work together on scenes directed and produced in class and geared toward the training of set etiquette, production language, and workflow. Work will include the re-creation of classic film scenes, with an emphasis on visual style. Students will discuss work and provide feedback that will be incorporated into the next project. For conference, students will be required to produce a short project on HD video (3-5 minutes in length), incorporating elements discussed throughout the term. Students will outline the project, draw floor plans and shot-lists, edit the film, and screen the final project for the class. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop that immerses the student in all aspects of film production. By the end of the course, students should feel confident to approach a film production project with enough experience to take on introductory positions with potential for growth.