Cinematography is a scientific art form, and this 10 hour series of online workshops will help you understand how to capture great motion-picture photography with whatever camera you have access to, (for instance, a pro/semi-pro camcorder, DSLR, Mirrorless cameras, or indeed your smartphone.) Our Five Week Cinematography – Online Course covers the basics of the many varied aspects of cinematography including camera operation, focus, depth of field and lens manipulation. It gives learners a good understanding of dramatic lighting techniques, lighting for interviews, the inverse square law, digital imaging technology (DIT), colour correction, and grading.
With in-depth technical explanation and hands-on shooting tasks, this is an ideal course for those with some level of experience with cameras and also for more experienced filmmakers keen to build upon their knowledge and gain an enhanced perspective of the creative visual filmmaking process. Small class size.
Who is Five Week Cinematography – Online Course aimed at?
For confident learners (18+) with a limitless creative passion to become a visual filmmaker. They need some previous experience (or have taken an introductory course or courses). They need access to some sort of camera (including mobiles) and video editing software (free or paid).
Note: Sessions are run on Zoom and are recorded so you can “catch-up” on missed sessions or watch again.
Your tutor – Andi Reiss
Andi Reiss is an award-winning independent documentary self-shooting producer/director, photographer and editor. He has also written, produced, directed, shot and edited a number of drama projects, commercials, corporates, music videos and experimental installations. He is currently exploring experimental documentary cinematography as an aesthetic and aural art form, by augmenting his socially conscious stories with alternative content, such as 360 video and interactive VR, to create ever more impactful experiences.
Review of Course
I joined the Cinematography course to learn how to make my short documentary films more cinematic and visually engaging. I really enjoyed watching different film clips and learning about the different types of shots. Seeing the films that the other participants made and critiquing them was also really interesting. The tutor was very knowledgeable and conveyed the content in an engaging and interactive way. He also has gone above and beyond to support me and provide input on the film project I am working on. The skills I learned on the course are very relevant and can be applied directly to my film work.
It was also great to interact with the other participants on the course, and the tutor facilitated this even though it was an on-line course by putting us into small discussion groups. The other participants were inspiring with their creativity and input and I am still in contact with one of them. I would recommend this course to anyone from beginner to intermediate level, as it covers the basic knowledge required, as well as developing skill levels across the board. Nicola Schafer
Five Week Cinematography – Online Course – details
Week 01: An introduction to the language of cinematography, the art of the visual narrative, with assessment of your camera and its infinitive potential.
Week 02: Understanding framing, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, with tips for specific lighting techniques and interview set ups.
Week 03: Understanding your camera so that it becomes an extra arm and you can be an autonomous shooter in varied circumstances. We will look at shot choices and how you achieve get that cinematic look.
Between weeks 03 and 04, learners will be expected to shoot 1 minute of creative video.
Week 04: Introduction to editing, and understanding how the edit is where your film really comes together, focussing particularly on colour correction and grading your image.
Between weeks 04 and 05, learners will be expected to edit, colour correct and grade their footage.
Week 05: Students showcase their work undertaken, course appraisal and summary, with discussion, debate and questions invited.
Early booking discount & concessions
Book early to get 10% reduction on the full price course fee. See the date at top right of this page (usually two weeks before the course start date, but may vary).
UK based students, NHS workers and people on some means-tested benefits are eligible to claim the concessionary rate. Evidence is required (such as a student card, NHS staff card or benefit letter).
Means tested benefits: JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits & Universal Credit.
This online course is for Adults (18+).
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