What You Will Learn:
The DP works side-by-side with the director from the beginning of the film’s conception to help DIRECT the PHOTOGRAPHY. The DP is the director’s partner, confidant and, at times, only friend on the set. The DPs help to come up with shots, run the crew and look for ways to make every image better than expected. It’s a never-ending quest that only gets more interesting with experience.
As an apprentice (intern) cinematographer, the Film Connection will pair you with a working DP who will not only show you the tricks of the trade, but also serve as a mentor to develop the “eye of the DP.” The eye is something that no book can teach you and no professor can lecture you on – you have to learn it by doing.
1: RULE OF THIRDS
This lesson teaches basic framing within the lens, including how to frame your actors and setting in the most aesthetically appealing manner possible.
2: BASIC LIGHTING
Lesson 2 emphasizes three-point-lighting, the most common and practical way to light a scene and give a true cinematic look and feel to your shot.
3: T-STOPS AND F-STOPS
This chapter focuses on the technical aspects of the camera and introduces the all-important ‘f’ and ‘t’ stops that are on every lens. In this chapter, students will learn what ‘f’ and ‘t’ stops are and how they influence light and the lens.
4: DEPTH OF FRAME
Every DP needs to understand how to frame a shot; however, to create a truly beautiful shot, the cinematographer must bring depth to the frame. This chapter will explain how to optimize beauty and depth within a frame.
5: ASPECT RATIO
A comprehensive lesson that examines the history of aspect ratio, how it has evolved through cinematic history and where it stands today.
6: SHOT SIZES
An in-depth look at the standard shot sizes used relative to the human body. This lesson will describe each shot size and type in detail, providing both descriptive and pictorial representations of how shots should be framed relative to the subject.
7: FRAME RATE
Students will explore how different frame rates affect the look of the image. Additionally, students will be given a brief history of how frame rates developed during the earlier days of motion picture film.