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Cinematography Technique Kit

Cinematographers can drench the entire world in sadness, leave characters in a haze of confusion and even show us the manic feelings of a first love. Cinematography isn’t just about understanding the techniques of lighting or effectively using the lens, but the art of how to craft the image within the frame.  Designed for both directors and cinematographers, the FilmSkills Cinematography Technique Course teaches you how to craft the details of the frame such as the actors’ eye lines, shot types, and composition.  Learn the differences between film and video, as well as analog and digital, before delving deeper into the frame itself from aspect ratio conversions to maintaining screen direction.

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• 4 DVD Series

• 178 minutes of engaging videos

• 9 Hollywood Instructors, several Emmy winners

• 87 page illustrated companion guide

• Applies to directors or cinematographers

• Used in the nation's top film schools

Working Inside the Box.

 

Cinematographers can drench the entire world in sadness, leave characters in a haze of confusion and even show us the manic feelings of a first love. Cinematography isn’t just about understanding the techniques of lighting or effectively using the lens, but the art of how to craft the image within the frame.  Designed for both directors and cinematographers, the FilmSkills Cinematography Technique Course teaches you how to craft the details of the frame such as the actors’ eye lines, shot types, and composition.  Learn the differences between film and video, as well as analog and digital, before delving deeper into the frame itself from aspect ratio conversions to maintaining screen direction.

 

Beautifully taught on set by Emmy and Oscar-award winning filmmakers, you will learn the techniques used by working professionals so you can enhance the look of your own productions in the FilmSkills Cinematography Techniques Course.

 

 

"Absolutely the most in-depth, informative and entertaining filmmaking series out there. Why waste 4 years at a film school when you can learn from award-winning filmmakers who take you out of the classroom and onto set."

 

- Kevin Cooper, Executive Producer, "Secondhand Lions"

 

 

Learning From the Best

Learn from 9 Instructors, including:

 

  • Bruce Block - Producer; The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give, and What Women Want

  • David Stump, ASC - Academy-Award winning cinematographer, A Quantum of Solace, Flight Plan, Fantastic Four, and X-Men

  • Stephen Campanella - Emmy-Winning Producer; Underdogs, The World Without US, and Your Money Your Future

  • Larry Jordan - Award-winning post-production trainer and a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America

  • Bethany Rooney - Television Director, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Private Practice

  • Lance Fisher, S.O.C. - Camera Operator,  Jonas, House M.D., Blade: Trinity, The Shield

  • Blain Brown - Los Angeles-Based Cinematographer, Author, Cinematography: Theory and Practice and Motion Picture and Video Lighting

 

Disc 1:

Film vs. Video - Learn the differences between shooting on film versus shooting on digital video.

 

The Frame - Identify and work with different aspect ratios, manage conversions from film to HD, NTSC to HD, title safe requirements, and how various aspect ratios are adjusted for different exhibition and broadcast formats.

 

Shot Types - Learn the intricacies of framing, the basic shot types, advanced variations on these shot types, how to quickly communicate your vision to the cinematographer, and the emotional responsive invoked by various shot types.

 

 

Disc 2:

Composition - Learn compositional techniques including the rule of thirds, how the great painters used mathematical principals like the golden ratio to create the perfectly composed images, how to balance line, color, and shape, and then how to break these rules.

 

Framing People - Learn techniques for framing people from lead room to headroom, how networks and major studios influence framing choices of their programs, how to use single and dirty shots to convey connection or distance between characters, and how directors and cinematographers decide on common guidelines for each production.

 

Eyelines - Learn how to choose the best eyeline, directing techniques for ideal camera placement, how to overcome challenges when working with visual effects, and how to fine tune actor’s eyelines within mere inches to achieve the desired emotional impact.

 

 

Disc 3:

Creating Depth - Learn techniques for crafting foreground, midground, and background elements, how to manage depth or flatness as a narrative tool, techniques used in network television shows to cheat depth, and the ways the camera lens can affect depth.

 

Rule of 180 - Learn the core fundamentals of screen direction, how to establish the line of action, the rule of 180, exceptions to the rule of 180, instances where the line of action doesn’t apply, how to shoot multiple character with an ever-moving line of action, and how to prepare your shot lists to avoid catastrophic editing problems.

 

 

Disc 4:

Green Screen Techniques - Learn every aspect of what colors to use, how to properly light a green screen, where to place your subject and even what video formats work best.

 

Using a Monitor - Monitors are one of the most often used tools on set, but an improperly-calibrated monitor can be disastrous for the final image. In this module, we’ll show you how to use color bars to properly calibrate your production monitor both on set and in the edit bay.

 

 

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FilmSkills is the leading online training resource for the motion picture and television industries.

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