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COURSE OUTLINE BPSA THEATRE, FILM & TELEVISION 2008

PASA 7271 CINEMATOGRAPHY 3 A


Level Course No. Course Name Credits
7 PASA7271 Cinematography 3A 15
Course Coordinator
Dan Wagner - dwagner2@unitec.ac.nz

Teaching Staff
Dan Wagner - dwagner2@unitec.ac.nz
Alan Locke - alocke@unitec.ac.nz
Guests

Production Staff
Nikki Baigent (Screen Production Manager) – nbaigent@unitec.ac.nz
Gayle Jackson (Props & Costume Assistant) – gjackson@unitec.ac.nz
Sai Yin Leung (Maintenance Engineer) - sleung@unitec.ac.nz
Theo Gibson (Screen Technician) - tgibson@unitec.ac.nz

Programme Co-ordinator
Victor Grbic (Film & Television) – vgrbic@unitec.ac.nz

Course Outline
Goal
Now that you’ve acquired a basket of basic skills and knowledge, the goal of this semester is to
stretch your craft skills and awareness in different directions to enable you to experience applying
those skills in different ways, and, in so doing, to begin to strengthen your sense of yourself as a
craftsperson.

Content
After a warm-up class, we revisit the DOCUMENTARY mindset, methodology and style. We then venture
deeper into Style – examining and playing with ways to achieve a variety of looks and feels. The next
project is the perfect 1st testing ground for finding a Look and a Feel: the VIDEODANCE project integrates
the camera as an element of the choreography. We then dive into Film as we round the corner
towards the 16MM ADVERTS Project (which is all about Style).

Course Aims and Learning Outcomes


Every course has Aims, and every class and assessment has Learning Outcomes. They are what
you will achieve by successfully completing each class and assessment. Here are the aims and
learning outcomes for this paper:
Course aim:
To enable students to establish a critical understanding of advanced skills, knowledge and practices
for cinematography while developing the ability to critically evaluate heir own work and that of others.
Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course you will be able to:
1. Explore the aesthetic contribution of camera and lighting in filmmaking.
- Relate examples of the cinematography of others to own work
2. Employ specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in camera and lighting.
- Employ sophisticated technique in the handling and operation of specialist equipment and
technology
-- Explore associated problem-solving, self-management and professional practices
3. Employ discipline specific professional behaviour and practices

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Course Assessments and Due Dates


Weighting Nature of assessment L/O’s Due Date
40% Assignment 1 (Written Presentation: Case Study, DOP) 1 5 May

40% Assignment 2 (Advanced Lighting & Lensing Concepts - Adverts) 2 23 June

20% Assignment 3 (Professional Conduct) 3 27 June

Notes on the Assessment events:


1. Choose a DP and study their work.
2. Keep a consistent, original look throughout the ad.
3. Punctuality, Attendance, Class Participation, Treatment of Equipment, etc.

Class Schedule

CAMERA
DATE / Tutor LESSON #
TOPICS COVERED

Plan for year - The New Order


Wed-27Feb
Wants & Needs
AM 3 / A1 Panasonic 900 Review
AL
Quick warm-up for year
Fri-29Feb AM Doco review – a quick refresher on things both necessary and helpful for your upcoming Doco
DW 3 / A2 work // Exercise
Fri-14Mar AM
AL 3 / A3 The Crossing - an exercise in visual storytelling, creating a sequence - [prep for Doco]

Medium of Film / Advanced Coverage Issues


Fri-4Apr AM
DW 3 / A4 Style I – Exploration of visual styles.

Advanced Coverage Issues


Fri-18Apr AM
DW 3 / A5 Style II - Emulation of visual styles.

TERM BREAK

Fri-9May AM
AL 3 / B1 Pack Shot Workshop - methods and approaches, tricks and tips.

VIDEO DANCE SHOOTS


Fri-23May PM Film I - Film/Video compared & contrasted - dynamic range, colour, aesthetic considerations.
DW 3 / B2 Also Primes vs. Zooms. Guest Lecturer.
Fri-30May PM Film II - The Mechanics. Having a play with our own 16BL - examining parts & pieces, mag
DW 3 / B3 loading, film protocol + shooting a test shot
Fri-6Jun PM
AL 3 / B4 Lab Visit

Camera Prep I –
16mm Equipment Checkout at Panavision
Camera Prep II -
Camera package is brought back to our studio and spends the day there as you examine, familiarise yourself
with and
learn to work with the gear.
16mm ADVERTS

TELECINE

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Required & Recommended Items

REQUIRED TEXT
Cinematography: Theory and Practise – Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors and Videographers,
Blain Brown, Focal Press, 2002
ISBN: 978-0-240-80500-9

REQUIRED ITEMS
Staedler Lumocolor Non-Permanent Universal Pens
You want the Fine (316WP4) or the Superfine (311WP4).
You want the pack of 4.
Torch
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=57
[some sort of small torch – doesn’t have to be this brand]
Space Blanket
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=31
USB flash drive
at least 1GB

RECOMMENDED READING
Ballinger, Alex, New Cinematographers, Collins Design, 2004
Elkins, David D., The camera assistant’s manual, 2nd Edition, Focal Press, Boston, 1996
Giannetti, Louis, Understanding Movies, 10th Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2004
Hines, William E., Operating cinematography for film and video: a professional and practical guide, Ed Venture
Films Books, 1997
Malkiewicz, Kris, Cinematography: a guide for film makers and film teachers, 2nd Edition, Simon & Schuster, 1992
Ward, Peter, Picture composition for film and television, Focal Press, Boston, 1996

Also: see Blackboard for more RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED ITEMS
[not necessary to purchase from HPS – these web pages are for reference]
Fiberglass Tape Measure
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=34
Tool Pouch
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=303
Ditty Bag
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=1011
Work Gloves
http://www.hollywoodprops.co.nz/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=975

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