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Undergraduate Course: Film and TV 2B: Creative Cinematography (DESI08133)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course delivers a range of core technical skills and approaches to cinematography which enable students to engage effectively with consideration to story, subject matter and authorship in the work they produce, both at this and subsequent stages in their degree studies. This specialist practice-based knowledge enables students to collaborate as a Director of Photography or camera assistant in documentary or drama productions as well as on self-shoot documentaries or experimental films, using a creative and technically competent individual approach to visual storytelling. It also enables students to come up with their own unique visual approaches through critical evaluation and use of a range of visual approaches including filmed scenes and a visual treatment.
Course description This course is delivered through practical workshops, seminars and tutorials which will cover areas such as:
+ the role of cinematography and the creative use of shots, framing and lighting and how they inform + choices as directors as well as cinematographers
+ understand different roles in a camera crew and apply in a film
+ preparation of a visual treatment for a film
+ communicate visual approach through a filmed clip

By the end of the course, these classes (and the knowledge imparted through them) will ensure students have developed their own visual language and feel equipped to use camera and/or lens when working on production on location or on a documentary. Students will become familiar with the logistics of the camera crew and what the different creative and departmental roles in the professional filmmaking process entails. Collaborative and communication skills will be developed throughout and across the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Film and Television Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs Hard drives for loading images- £60.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 28, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit a portfolio consisting of the following 4 elements:

1) A visual treatment for your own film (3 pages) including visual references to examples of work which may be paintings, photography or other films but which illuminate and provide clues as to your own visual approach as a director. 25%

2) A teaser of your own film idea which gives a sense of an original and unique approach to film making. 25%

3) A verbal presentation of how you have used framing, composition and camera movement to serve your creative vision. Your professional approach, your ability to communicate well, to be responsible about equipment as well as¿skillful¿and creative in the use of it are all assessed as part of this. 25%

4) A short written commentary (750 words) that reflects critically upon an aspect of creative cinematography practice you have been involved with this semester: for example, as a camera assistant on a 4th¿year graduation film, or another aspect of creative cinematography work either in or outside the University. (Those unable to participate on a film set for reasons of accessibility can work as colour graders, and there will be resit opportunities on MA shoots during the summer). 25%

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The portfolio will be assessed across all 4 learning outcomes.
Feedback There will be two stages of feedback.
Initial formative feedback will be given in response to a hand-in of a draft visual treatment, to be submitted via LEARN. Students will receive written feedback within 15 days.

Final summative assessment feedback will be given in response to a hand-in of a filmed clip and the final written reflection outlining what the student has learned about creative cinematography and what their role has contributed to a production.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of approaches to professional cinematography.
  2. Use a range of skills in visual storytelling through film techniques.
  3. Undertake critical analysis of which techniques and which storytelling approaches to use for a specific aspect of film production.
Reading List
Brown, Blain. Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors Focal Press (2011)

Alton, John Painting with Light. University of California Press (1995)

Bazin, Andre. What is Cinema - Volumes 1. University of California Press (1st edition) (1967)

Lumet, S. Making Movies. Vintage Books (1 Nov. 1996) (1996)

Mascelli, Joseph F. The Five Cs of Cinematography. Silman-James Press (1965)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication; collaboration; teamwork; delegation; Skills in camera; in camera assisting.
KeywordsCinematography,camera,cinema,colour grading,collaborative practice
Course organiserDr Jamie Chambers
Course secretaryMr Rhiordan Langan-Fortune
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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