Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Communicate with shapes, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- Composition is the placement of people…and objects in the frame,…to tell your story in the most powerful way possible.…At the most basic level,…composition means communicating ideas,…using shapes and visual patterns.…This is important because cinema is unique among art forms,…and that it involves communicating ideas physically.…This is different from the written word,…or music, or even painting.…One of the most important things to understand…about shooting a movie,…is that we're not actually telling someone a story.…
We're showing them a story. A novel tells a story.…It describes what's happening in words.…A novel can communicate the ideas of a character directly.…Of course movies could use dialogue or voiceovers…to have the character tell us what they're thinking.…But that's not where the films real power lies.…The real power of a great movie is that…it can show the audience what the character is thinking.…The obligation of the cinematographer who wants…to fully exploit the true power of a film…is to reveal these ideas.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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