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.
09/01 TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
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)
12/15 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.
Malkiewicz, Kris, CINEMATOGRAPHY, Prentice Hall Press
AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MANUAL, ASC Press
Carlson, Verne and Sylvia, PROFESSIONAL CAMERAMAN’S HANDBOOK, Focal Press
Malkiewicz, Kris, FILM LIGHTING, Fireside Books (Simon & Shuster)
Credit students: Two films analyzed for cinematography and lighting (due dates 11/03 and 12/01)