Cinematography and Lighting Course
Learn The art and Science of Digital Cinematography and Lighting Course at Best Cinematography Institute of Mumbai - Mumbai Digital Films Academy providing One Year Full Time & Six Months Certified Course
Students of Mumbai Digital Films Academy are educated the essentials of Cinematography, Digital Cinematography, Lighting, Composition and Camera Movements along with Basic of Film Making, film direction, Film Editing. Students are taught from looking at the script, to pre-production, production & post -production.Students work with all types of Movie Camera ARRI 435, Red Epic, ARRI Alexa and DSLR Canon 5D.Students of Cinematography do a lot of short films and project to develop their skill and sense of taste. Student Get an Opportunity to work with different Directors and Actors. Student do get an opportunity to work on location with prominent Director of Photography from the industry.
Our Student do 15 Short Films in a Year.
Duration - Cinematography Course
One Year Full Time Course in Film Direction - Weekly 5 days classes
Six Months Certified Course in Film Direction - Weekly 4 days classes
Three Months Short Term Course - Weekly 4 days classes
One Month Workshop Course in Film Direction - Weekly 3 days classes
Cinematographer: Career Information
Although some Cinematographer work on motion picture productions based in the motion picture centers of Mumbai or all over India. They work on different productions for local or regional television studios, or for video production companies.
Cinematography is the art and technology of motion-picture photography. It involves such techniques as the general composition of a scene; the lighting of the set or location; the choice of cameras, lenses, filters, and film stock; the camera angle and movements; and the integration of any special effects. All these concerns may involve a sizable crew on a feature film, headed by a person variously known as the cinematographer, first cameraman, lighting cameraman, or director of photography, whose responsibility is to achieve the photographic images and effects desired by the director.
Learning by doing
"Learning by doing" is our Moto which is strictly followed by faculty members of Mumbai Digital Films Academy.. Our faculty members pass on up-do-date practical skills and theoretical knowledge that is wholly relevant to a new generation of film makers. As our faculty members are active practitioners of this film industry, we recognize that they also need to be able to communicate their knowledge effectively and inspire those they teach.
DaVinci Resolve - Professional non-linear video editing with the world’s most advanced color corrector
Assimilate SCRATCH - the highest levels of creative DI with SCRATCH
Adobe Premiere pro CS6 - Digital Non-Linear Editing to edit, manipulate, and export.
Adobe After Effects - Digital motion graphics, visual effects and compositing
Adobe Photoshop - Photography & photo editing,
Final Cut Pro - A non-linear video editing software used for Film & Video Editing
Syllabus for Cinematography Course
- Camera Angles
- Movement of frame, movement within a frame; anatomy of human eye,binocular vision, persistence of vision ,acuity (circle of confusion),flicker perception of human eye and how motion is created from a series of static frames perception of colour , adaptative properties.
- Basic shot terminology : Close up, Mid shot, Long shot, Big close up, Mid-long shot, Extreme long shot, Point of view (POV) shot, Over-the-Shoulder(OTS) shot, high angle and low angle shot, top angle shot.Introduction to the concept of Imaginary line (1800); matching of action,direction of the movement and look. Reverse angle.
- Pan, lilt, trolley, dolly, crane, steady – cam
- 16 min, 35 mm, 70 mm, Digital Cinematography and DSLR Cinematography
- Introduction to zone system as a scientific tool for exposure.
- Exposure value (Ev), Exposure Latitude.
- Exposure meter; Incident and reflected (one degree spot meter).
- Exposure control; F-stops and T-stops.
- Introduction to various picture negatives available in the market.
- Colour temperature, MIRED value, MIRED shift.
- Colour temperature meter.
- Use of filters for colour cinematography : colour-conversion,
- colour compensating (CC), light balancing (LB),
- neutral density (ND) and other special effect filters, filter factor.
- Use of filters for B/W cinematography.
- Day-for-night cinematography.
- Shutter and shutter angle (camera and projector).
- Viewfinder: Reflex and off-set (parallax) view finder, beam splitter.
- Intermittent motion, pull down and registration mechanism, camera motors. Threading.
- Magazine (dual, co-axial, displacement) feeding and take-up spool, loading and unloading.
- Gates and ground glasses.
- Matte Box, camera supports and other accessories.
- Lenses, (prime and zoom), turret, lens mounts.
- Angle of view, wide and telephoto lenses and their
- relationship with movements. Normal lens.
- Black and White: Details: Film structure, spectral sensitivity of B/W film. (Panchromatic, Orthochromatic, Blue Sensitive, Infrared)
- Processing equipment
- Negative and positive process steps
- Mechanical and chemical specification for B/W negative, positive and sound
- negative processing, time and other factors.
- Push and pull development.
- Preservation of negatives.
- Married print.
- Cathode Ray Tube (monochrome and colour) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), professional studio monitor and its controls, High Definition Television (HDTV)
- Interline Transfer (IT), Frame Transfer (FT) Frame Interline Transfer (FIT) Hole Accumulation Diode (HAD) Sensor, Application of electronic shutter to CCD image sensor.
- Focus, auto/manual, zoom servo/manual, iris auto/manual, built in filters (day light, artificial light, neutral density), MTF curve.
- Monochrome, colour, LCD, brightness, contrast, peaking or details, etc., zebra, spot L, Back L
- Gain(expressed in dB) high, standard, low, hyper gain, Dynamic Contrast Control(DCC) Dynalatitude (DL).master pedastal or master black stretch, detail, , black balance and white balance, back focus, macro focus.
- Time code
- Wave form monitor and vectroscope, Camera Control Units (CCU)
- V.T.R. (Betacam and other digital recorders)
- Camcorder. (Betacam and other digital camcorders)
- Video tape and recording formats.
- On line recording with multiple camera set up.
- Control units for camera and audio.
- Light controls
- Electromagnetic spectrum, visible spectrum.
- Behaviour of light falling on an object – absorption, reflection refraction,
- transmission, diffraction, dispersion, scattering of light, refractive index.
- Inverse square law.
- Types of light : Natural day light, Incandescent, (tungsten- halogen, [Tenner (10K), Senior (5K), Junior (2K), Baby (1K), Inkie Multi 10, Multi 20 etc], photoflood), fluorescent, (Kino Flo), Metal Halide enclosed AC arc (HMI) etc.
- (key + fill : fill alone) use of back light, kicker and back ground light. How to lit up an indoor
- situation. Use of light source filters.
- Use of reflectors, mirrors, skimmers in an outdoor situation
- Butter paper, Tissue paper, Gateway, Acrylic sheets etc
- Fore ground, mid-ground, back ground Separation to create depth.
- Golden rule.
- Introduction to ‘source’ lighting as the key-concept of ‘Realist ‘School of cinematography.
- Composition : Fore ground, mid-ground, back ground separation to create depth. Golden rule.
- Properties of convex lens as the originating factor of perspective.
- Control of perspective using different prime lenses.
- High-key and low-key lighting, manipulation of tone and contrast indoor-outdoor matching.
- Light as a tool of expression and dramatization.
- Types of Digital Camera, ( Red Epic, ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic, Sony F65, Panasonic 3100..etc)
- Detail Study of DSLR Camera
- Raw Recording Vs MOV Vs Proress
- Lens and Image quality
- Lighting for Digital Camera
- Understanding the Exposure and Colour Temp( White Balance)
- Learning the Waveform and Histogram
- Support System
- Digital Recording
- Electronic Visual Effect
- Post Production : Lab, Telicine, Scanning & Recording
- DI - Digital Intermidiate, DCP - Digital Cine Pakage
- Elements of Video Production
- Types of Video Camera
- Image Quality Control
- Lighting for Video
- Video Recording & Time Code
- Video Production Practice
Exposure and Color Theory
The Tools of Lighting and Lighting as Story Telling
The Five C’s of Cinematography
Introduction to motion picture photography
Operations and movements
Different film Formats and aspect ratios.
Exposure determination for motion picture camera
Anatomy of motion picture camera
Basic lab technique: Processing of picture negative
Reproduction of image
Charged Coupled Device (CCD)
Camera Lens Controls
Electronic viewfinder controls
Video and audio recording.
Television studio operations
Basic principle of light.
Basic principles of colur , CIE diagram , trichromatic theory of vision.
Quality of light - Specular, diffused and bounced.
Basic understanding of ratio lighting
Use of different diffusers
Digital Cinematography and DSLR Cinematography
- Film as a Fine Art & Relationship between Film & Other Art Form.
- Different Generes of Film
- Analysis of Structure of Film.
- History of World Cinema, Indian Cinema & Regional Cinema.
- The techniques of script formation from a concept.
- Understand the techniques of a script writing
- How Films are made from an idea to script
- Understand the techniques of scene and short breakdown.Joining of shots and scenes
- Understand the basics of screen technique, From Story - Log Line - Screenplay Writting