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 colour to depth-of-field (how much of the shot is in focus and how much is blurry), to the 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.
Cooper, otherwise known as The Film Scientist, was born in 1970 in Eastern Ontario Canada as Roger David Wilson, in 2018 the name was changed to Cooper. Cooper received a Degree in Film Production in 1993 from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cooper has since lived and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa and has held a variety of positions in the film industry including cinematographer, lighting technician, lighting & grip co-ordinator at William F. White International Inc and Technical Director at The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa. Cooper presently teaches part-time Media Art Classes with the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Saw Video in Ottawa Ontario.