In today’s film and television production environment, cinematographers work in a variety of different formats. Digital technology is continually evolving, but many productions are shot on film, which is still considered the standard by which other formats are judged. The principles of cinematography remain the same, regardless of the format.
Through lectures, screenings, demonstrations, fieldwork and critique, students gain a basic understanding of how to control the motion picture image and the creative possibilities and technical characteristics of various film stocks and digital sensors. Students learn the fundamentals of lighting scenes, exposure, color theory, depth-of-field, camera angles, shot design, composition, lenses, filtration, and camera movement.
Working in the studio, students also learn the differences between these technologies including lab processing versus digital workflow, latitude and dynamic range, and different lighting strategies for film and digital cameras.
Level 1 students must take the Set Etiquette and Safety Crash Course before this workshop.
- Marcus Kronemeyer, San Diego, CA
"Maine Media Workshops is about the whole experience...its got the best of everything...makes me want to come back every year."
- Shisha Guha Thakurta
"This course helped me grow as an artist and as a technician, increasing my knowledge while allowing me room to explore my own impulses."
- Jeremy Steeger, Cambridge, MA
"I feel much more confident in my lighting ability after taking this course"
- Luke Hudgins, Halifax, Nova Scotia