Syllabus

THE NEW SCHOOL: Department of Media Studies and Film 1/2

CINEMATOGRAPHY AND LIGHTING: Film and Digital – 1684 (Fall, 2011) Course # NFLM3515-A Thursdays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Instructor: John Budde (e-mail: Budde@newschool.edu)

Course combines comparative theory and practice of cinematography and videography with emphasis on lighting design. Topics include film and video exposure techniques, sensitometry, lighting and filtration for both black and white and color, lenses, mathematical considerations for optical, photometric, mechanical, electronic and chemical processes, historical trends and styles regarding visual design and methods, and practical testing of film stocks and video with specific lighting applications. Exercises are filmed and videotaped in class. Results are compared for similarities and differences between the two processes

SESSION

09/01 TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Introduction to film and video cameras and exposure meters, visual storytelling methods.

09/08 EXPOSURE METERS

Comparison of incident and reflected meter types.

09/15 CAMERA ASSEMBLY

Loading, downloading, shortending, film identification.

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

Techniques for filming under sunlight, shaded, and overcast natural conditions.

10/13 LIGHTING THEORY

Equipment and accessories, filtration, electrical safety procedures.

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

10/20 LIGHTING DEMO

Lighting patterns and modifications, gels and diffusion materials.

EXERCISE: Formula lighting patterns
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapter 4

10/27 WORKING PRINCIPLES

Lenses, tripods, slates, camera assistant responsibilities, reports.

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

11/03 SET LIGHTING, CREW RESPONSIBILITIES

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

Screen low-light experiments. View other examples of low-light cinematography.

12/08 EXAM

Emphasis on knowledge.

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.

*NOTE: Schedule subject to modification as class needs dictate.

*NOTE: ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLASSES IS MANDATORY.

*ALL ABSENCES WILL AFFECT GRADES.

*ABSENCES NUMBERING GREATER THAN THREE CONSTITUTE GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL FROM COURSE.

* NOTE: STUDENTS WISHING TO CHANGE THEIR ACADEMIC STATUS MUST DO SO BY THE THIRD SESSION.

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RESPECTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE.

INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS MAY BE ARRANGED, BY REQUEST, FOR EXTRA HELP.

GRADING POLICY:
  • In-class exercises: 20%
  • Written assignments: 20%
  • Attendance: 20%
  • Class participation: 20%
  • Test: 20%
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)

Certificate students: One film analyzed for cinematography and lighting (due date 11/17)

Fall 2011 Syllabus (Revised Ver.) 8-22//

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