Reading Assignments

Cinematography

by Kris Malkiewicz & M. David Mullen

The Essential Guide to the Cameraman’s Craft

Since its initial publication in 1973, Cinematography has become the guidebook for filmmakers. Based on their combined fifty years in the film and television industry, authors Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen lay clear and concise groundwork for basic film techniques, focusing squarely on the cameraman’s craft. Readers will then learn step-by-step how to master more advanced techniques in postproduction, digital editing, and overall film production.

This completely revised third edition, with more than 200 new illustrations, will provide a detailed look at:

  • How expert camera operation can produce consistent, high-quality results
  • How to choose film stocks for the appearance and style of the finished film
  • How to measure light in studio and location shooting for the desired appearance
  • How to coordinate visual and audio elements to produce high-quality sound tracks

Whether the final product is a major motion picture, an independent film, or simply a home video, Cinematographycan help any filmmaker translate his or her vision into a quality film.

SESSION

09/01 TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Read Handouts

09/08 EXPOSURE METERS

09/15 CAMERA ASSEMBLY

09/22 ARRIFLEX SR CAMERA (Hands-on practice)

EXERCISE: Zone Test shoot
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapters 1 and 2

09/29 NO CLASS / ROSH HASHANAH HOLIDAY

10/06 FILMING EXTERIORS

10/13 LIGHTING THEORY

EXERCISE: Rack and follow focus (hands on)
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 3

10/20 LIGHTING DEMO

EXERCISE: Formula lighting patterns
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 4

10/27 WORKING PRINCIPLES

EXERCISE: Dolly move (hands on)
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 6

11/03 SET LIGHTING, CREW RESPONSIBILITIES (Film analysis for cinematography and lighting Paper Due)

EXERCISE: Motivated lighting (hands-on).
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 7

11/10 LIGHTING CONTINUITY AND LIGHTING DESIGN

EXERCISE: Set lighting for color and contrast control (hands-on).View a feature film for lighting and cinematography
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 8

11/17 SET LIGHTING FOR SEQUENCE AND MOVEMENT

EXERCISE: Lighting for basic sequence (hands-on).
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 9

11/22 ADVANTAGES OF LOW-LIGHT CINEMATOGRAPHY and VIDEOGRAPHY (Note this is a Tuesday Class)

EXERCISE: Ambient and simulated low-light cinematography (hands on).
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 10

11/24 NO CLASS / THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

12/01 REVIEW OF PRINCIPLES (2nd Film analysis for cinematography and lighting Paper Due)

12/08 EXAM

12/15 ADVANCED PRINCIPLES: OPTICAL AND PHOTOMETRIC SCIENCES

EXERCISE: Pre-plan vertical and horizontal fields of view and foot-candle luminance. Prove with camera and lighting placements.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Malkiewicz, Kris, CINEMATOGRAPHY, Prentice Hall Press

SUGGESTED READINGS:

AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MANUAL, ASC Press

Carlson, Verne and Sylvia, PROFESSIONAL CAMERAMAN‘S HANDBOOK, Focal Press

Malkiewicz, Kris, FILM LIGHTING, Fireside Books (Simon & Shuster)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Credit students: Two films analyzed for cinematography and lighting (due dates 11/03 and 12/01)


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