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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
Not being delivered
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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