Cinematography 101

Cinematography is the art or techniques of motion picture photography. The role of the cinematographer (or Director of Photography) is to determine all the visual elements; they make every creative choice related to composition, lighting, and camera motion, and anything that audiences can see in a given shot. They make decisions on everything from color to depth-of-field (how much of the shot is in focus and how much is blurry), to speed of a zoom, to the positioning of people and objects within any given frame.   

In this Cinematography 101 workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of cinematography and the conventions of transmitting meaning and emotion with the visual elements of storytelling. This course will focus on the composition of the image inside the frame with reference to video. Using a combination of examples from cinema history and camera exercises, cinematography will be explored through colour, exposure, camera movement, perspective, shutter speed, scale + framing, depth of field, focus, and frame rate. We will view and discuss how these elements affect your shots.


Cinematography 101


Maximum Participants: 
Cost for Members: 
Cost for Non-Members: 
SAW Video
First Workshop Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00
Additional Workshop Dates: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00
Registration Deadline: 
Thu, 02/22/2018


Cooper the Film Scientist is an experimental media artist who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has a need to continuously investigate filmmaking processes and the technical gear associated with them. He creates his films using techniques such as optical printing, contact printing, hand processing, and emulsion manipulation. Cooper is known for his technique of manipulating film emulsion prior to photographing images. He has buried black and white and colour 16mm film stocks in soil, bathed it in baking soda, berg colour toner, household bleach and photographic bleach all before photographing the film’s images. Cooper also explores the science behind film emulsion making, organic film developer recipes and tinting and toning using household ingredients. Over the last 25 years Cooper has gained an extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process; he started off his career working in the lighting and grip department on a variety of mainstream productions, such as CBC's North of 60 series and the American television series Lonesome Dove to being the Technical Director at Ottawa’s Independent Filmmakers Co-operative . Since 2010 Cooper has been offering his Cinematography services to Ottawa’s Media Arts Scene, presently he teaches Media Arts at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Saw Video Media Arts Centre. The Film Scientist is an award-winning film artist, his films have screened at festivals and art galleries across Canada and Internationally.

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