DM240 Introduction to Narrative Cinematography

Course Description

Students are now learning the vocabulary and practices of shooting narrative, where a detailed and specific script is followed. Cinematography is a primary mechanism of storytelling, in both the theatrical elements relating to performance and dialog, and the cinematic aspects relating to story through visual presentation. The scripts in use for the Narrative Project Cycle are intended to provide both dialog driven scenes and ones that tell story through action and picture.

This Filmmaking certificate course focuses on the fundamental uses of camera to execute the project in a manner that is clear to the audience, by following forms and syntax of narrative cinematography. To do this effectively, students need to understand focal length selection, compositional control of attention, screen direction for action, the use of actor “looks”, functional coverage strategies, and basics of camera motion to incorporate into coverage. By the end of the module, students should have a basic toolset for creating and refining shot lists and strategies for production of the script.

Learning Outcomes

  • Camera settings for off-speed and shutter fx
  • Review of exposure guidelines
  • Review of grey card/grey steps chart for new scenes
  • Review of movement and adjustment of lights for coverage from other angles and turnarounds
  • Selection of focal length for angle of view, independent of camera
  • Difference between angle of view and FL in mm, dependent on camera
  • Relationship of FL in mm to DOF
  • Review of following action
  • Basics of dolly protocol and use