- The basics of composition
- Exploring the rule of thirds
- Comparing balanced and unbalanced compositions
- Understanding the importance of using establishing shots
- Working with point of view
- Modifying the height of the camera
- Understanding the lines of a scene
- Creating depth
- Incorporating unusual or unexpected angles
- Knowing when to break the rules
- Using viewfinder apps
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, I'm Eduardo Angel, and this is Cinematic Composition for Video Productions. The generally accepted foundations of filmmaking are lighting, camera movement, and composition. While there are many things to consider in the art and craft of filmmaking, these three practices are foremost. As filmmakers and directors, we control what the viewer sees in the frame, how they see it, and when they see it. This course is not a technical rundown of lens selection.
Equipment alone can only get us so far. We don't watch movies in which they had used a wider aperture or a lighter tripod. We care about how we are or are not moved by the story. Were we're pulled into the screen for the duration of the piece? Or did it wash over us like an advertisement? You don't need to tell the entire story in a single frame. And you can change the meaning of your shot by adjusting the frames proceeding and following it.
In this course, we will be discussing the visual composition of an individual frame, as well as the contextual composition of a sequence. Filmmaking is storytelling. And what makes a great story? Efficiency. Not getting caught up in unnecessary details. Make every frame count. Keep them clean and focus on telling the story at hand. Cinematic composition consists of a multitude of steps, specifically positioning the camera, arranging the scene within a frame, and also composing a sequence of shots.
In this course, we will cover all of these with a particular emphasis on how composition can alter the meaning of a frame when put into the context of a sequence. Filmmaking is tremendously multifaceted. And composition is perhaps the least understood aspect of the process. Composition is undoubtedly the most powerful tool you possess as a visual storyteller. The lens is the audience's portal into the world you create.
It is yours to control. The viewer does not know what is or isn't important in a frame. It is up to you as director or director of photography to guide their eye. There isn't only one correct way to compose a shot. So, how do we decide which composition is best for our story? Let's watch.