Basic Still Photography
Cinematography derives most of its technical and artistic skill from the knowledge of still photography.It is through still photography that students understand basic ideas like framing, exposure, shutter speeds, depth of field and lensing.By learning to use the still camera well, students actually create for themselves a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge, which they can build upon as they go on to movie cameras.
History - Cinema and Cameras
Students are introduced to the art of Cinematography with its history and shown films in various genres.This encourages open discussion and also an exchange of ideas between the faculty and the class. Cinematography and its skills in the absence of present day technological advancements is a good way to learn how many optical effects were achieved through simple means without sophisticated gadgetry.
The Cinematographer is the 'visual eye' of the Director and hence it is indeed essential that both are on the same page. The course stresses on this aspect and conducts workshops to help cinematographers co-relate with the director's vision. The Cinematographer needs to understand the mood and context of the screenplay which should eventually transpose itself into a unique visual style. It is the Cinematographer's job to create a visual narration that communicates eloquently.
Lensing is directly connected to the emotional response of spectators. It is the lens that decides the image magnification, the depth of field, the area of coverage and the plane of focus.It is also the lens that helps us capture the subtle variations of light and textures. Students discover the artistic fundamentals of shot taking and are taught how lensing is the most crucial aspect of mise-en-scene as well as shot break down.
Lighting is different for diverse mediums and hence there are different lighting techniques for still photography, film and television. The parameters along with techniques of each are explained in detail.Students are taught to set up the shoots themselves and work on the textures of light. Students are given inputs in both indoor and outdoor lighting to enable them to respond to any kind of challenge in their professional life.
Shooting on Film Cameras
In this module students are taught how to use and operate all the latest cameras Canon C-100, Canon C-300, Canon C-500, Arri Alexa, Arri Amaira, Red Dragon and Red Epic Cameras. Getting used to operations like panning, tilting, tracking and zooming along with familiarization with magazine changes, film loading and using variable film speeds and shutter angles form the sum and substance of this module.
When the image is acquired electronically, instead of the usual optical process then it is called videography. Students are taught the nitty gritty of how video signals are generated, amplified and recorded. They are also brought into contact with information about the various formats and resolutions in which video exists today.Apart from inputs in DV CAM, multicam setups, they are also given inputs into high end cameras like Red and various other HD cameras capable of 2k (film) resolution and the knowledge of 2k film transfer.
Shooting for Chroma
Whenever it is found necessary to create a composite shot using two or more separate shots, the techniques of keying, matting and frame blending are used. Students are taught how to light up green/blue screens meant for chroma key effects and also give in inputs about matting and blending techniques.
Digital Intermediate and Colour Grading
Students are given inputs as well as taken on study tours to make them cognizant of the latest Digital Intermediate (DI) and colour grading technology with the popularity of 2k projection and high end colour processing, an exposure to the complete workflow of Cinematography is a must.