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Module Code: COM226
Module Title: The Art of Cinematography
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This optional module runs across two semesters and is aimed at students who want to take up cinematography seriously. It builds on the work that they have done at Level 4 in their Introduction to Camera and Lighting module. The module provides an opportunity to the serious cinematographer to explore their craft by understanding the demands made on them as they operate camera and light short sequences and a short fim.

Specifically, the module is designed to:

Give student cinematographers a greater understanding of the theories and principles of cinematography

Enable student cinematographers to experience and use a range of industry standard equipment

Engage student cinematographers in discovering the relationship between storytelling and the creation of visuals

Help student cinematographers prepare for shoots, conduct themselves professionally on set and work with colour graders in post production in order to achieve their creative vision

Enable student directors to find visual meaning

Further enable student cinematographers to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their decision making and place it within a historical context

Gain an understanding of cinemtaographer’s contracts, fees, negotiations etc. so that they can conduct themselves at a professional level.

Learning outcomes 
A Discuss, analyse and critique films, understanding the practice of cinemtography

B Successfully collaborate and communicate with directors and crew in developing a visual language for screen

C Effectively translate a script into cinematographic intentions by using a number of lighting and shooting techniques in the creation of meaning

D Use film language to communicate meaning to both crew and audience

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (seminars and practical workshops in studio). Each semester will involve a total of 150 hours of study, thus making this module worth 300 hours of study.

The seminars will provide the opportunity to examine the work of other cinematographers and learn from it.

The practical workshops will focus on the process of camera work, lighting and cinematography in order to enhance visual storytelling.

The syllabus for this module aims to be a comprehensive guide to the student cinematographer as they explore their craft.

Typically, the syllabus for this module will be practice-led and cover aspects of camera work and cinematography, such as:

Lighting as a means to exploring visual creativity

Camera operating techniques, practices and etiquette

The cinematographer as visual interpreter

Creating and using lighting set ups for achieving meaning

Understanding visual film language and editing from a cinematographer’s point of view

Researching and referencing other cinematographers and films

The search for meaning

Creating a film’s aesthetic

Working with directors

Directing crew

Analysing the execution of a number of cinematic techniques in the creation of meaning by discussing the construction of a single image or sequence of images and applying such techniques to their own practice

Engaging in safe practice

Professional development of cinematogrpahers in the world and in China, examining the scope of contracts, fees, and directorial opportunities
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   26    78  10  186  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Film Essay 30.00
2 Camera Operating And/ Or Lighting A Short Film 50.00
3 Reflexive Essay 20.00

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