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What is cinematography? :  A cinematographer is responsible for composing each frame in a scene that is to be shot and deciding the lighting and camera angles according to the requirements of the director. During the Cinematography course, you will learn to lead the camera/lighting team and will be involved in the planning and execution of a shoot from the pre-production stage.

Lighting is used to change the mood of a scene or to indicate practical aspects such as day or night. Our Cinematography course will also teach you how a lighting technician arranges all the lighting effects designed by the cinematographer according to the instructions of the chief assistant cameraman. Our Cinematography course blends traditional filmmaking techniques with the latest digital video and film cinematography. We use Panasonic p-2 HD, for day to day exercises.

Our Cinematography course also includes screenings, lectures, and demonstrations to help you understand creative possibilities as you develop an eye for aesthetics. Students will experiment with the creative use of film lighting techniques and will learn to control the image quality. Students will shoot in the studio and on location in afternoons and evenings and would gain practical experience in various lighting situations such as day-for-night, available and mixed light, fire and candle light, and close-up table tops.

On a daily basis, students would share their discoveries, successes, and failures as the class reviews and critiques the previous day's shooting.

WORKSHOPS: There will be two 3-days workshops by industry practitioners on RED/ ALEXA motion picture cameras during the course.

 Various lighting situations will be taken up by the instructor to demonstrate different ways to light them up. Possible outdoor and indoor locations in Delhi will be explored for a wider perspective on problems associated with location shooting. Students will be given typical situations for light up and will be guided by the workshop instructor. These workshops will give the students confidence and technical fineness required to shoot any professional cinematography assignment in the film and television industry.

A variety of lighting styles, like source lighting, mood lighting, stylization, glamour will be demonstrated through practical situations in the studio.

Fiction Style: How to use natural and available light more effectively; use of tungsten, HMI, and fluorescent lighting systems, along with grip equipment to shape, bounce, and shade light by using simple tools and techniques. Exercises include lighting portraits and close-ups, product stills, night exteriors, interiors of a motel room, car interiors, day for night, and exterior night street scenes.  The Cinematography course also includes tests and exercises with 35mm digital cameras and video cameras.  

Advertising Style: In this style, we screen and study a wide range of television commercials, look at trends, analyze visual style, and discuss concepts, camera-vision, technology, editing-styles, and the use of special effects. We explore the use of lighting, the feature film look, and the impact that MTV has had on television visualization. You will be required to scout and evaluate locations, and then set up and shoot commercials. You will solve real problems such as casting, blocking, lighting, camera placement and movement, and the overall look of each commercial. You will also examine the relationship between the director, the DP, and the client. In addition, we help explore career opportunities and the business of television commercial production.

Documentary Style: The main focus is on the creative use of DV Cam and film cameras in documentary filmmaking. Apart from exploring the use of the camera in documentary production, it also takes account of the responsibilities of the documentary filmmaker as a director/camera operator. Other aspects that are covered in the Cinematography course include cover-shot design and camera set-up, blocking and camera moves, composition, point-of-view, and lens selection.

Cinematography course discussions on field maintenance, batteries and chargers, alternate sources of power, lenses, and lighting packages. It also covers a wide range of documentary programming including nature, science and social documentaries, docu-drama and corporate documentaries and industrials, along with formal studio situations and challenging field, mountain, and wilderness work. The activities range from problem- solving and story-telling to creative decision-making from edit point of view. You will screen and analyze selected documentaries for camera style and story-telling. There will be fieldwork every afternoon to give you practical experience in handling the camera in a variety of situations. Scenes will be edited for review and critiqued at various points in this Cinematography course.

Films Shot by Various Guest Faculty