- When you're making a film, there's nothing right…or wrong until you know whether it's telling…your story or not.…Filmmakers make films because they have something to say.…The camera, composition, optics, exposure,…lighting, and camera movement are…the basic cinematography tools of filmmaking.…These tools make up our vocabulary.…We want the language to be clear and uncluttered.…So filmmakers must learn to integrate these tools…into the process of making a film…so that the tools themselves don't have…an independent voice saying something different…from what the story the filmmaker is trying to tell.…
The audience should have no awareness of these tools.…They should see the events on screen…as happening right now rather than having been done…months or years ago.…The artificial nature of these events…should be hidden from them.…This requires careful planning before the production…and careful collaboration before, during,…and after the production.…Filmmakers establish patterns in order to break them…for story purposes.…
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 Intermediate
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Intermediate
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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