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COURSE OUTLINE BPSA THEATRE, FILM & TELEVISION 2008

PASA 7272 CINEMATOGRAPHY 3B


Level Course No. Course Name Credits
7 PASA7272 Cinematography 3B 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
The goal of this semester is to bring together your prior learning to enable you to shoot your Y3 Short
Film at the maximum level of skill, craftsmanship and artistry you’re capable of, and; to solidify your
viability as a crew-member (Camera Assistant, Lighting Assistant, Grip Assistant) as you prepare to
enter the market.

Content
The first main thrust of this semester is, of course, your graduate SHORT FILM. Coursework leading up
to this project will build on prior learning, exercising major skillsets (which synthesise individual skills
into a whole greater than the sum of its parts). After the shoot, and a copious debrief, we’ll begin
touching down by addressing some of the contexts through which you might enter the market. This
includes a high-powered jumpstart to your speedy and proficient crew skills – which is the intention
you’ll bring to both the ACTING SHORT FILM project and your supportive crewing of the YEAR 2 SHORT
FILMS . It also includes a look outward at some of the specialties you’ve been developing and/or asking
about: we’ll visit both a lighting and a grip rental house, we’ll do one final tough focus-pulling exercise,
and we’ll go back to Panavision for a film camera-building and mag-loading session.

Course Aims and Learning Outcomes

Course aim:
To enable students to consolidate a body of advanced theories, concepts and techniques relating to
specialised creative practice and to articulate a personal voice for cinematography.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course you will be able to:
1. Employ sophisticated creative, technical and managerial skills whilst running a specialist
department on a short narrative film
2. Employ discipline specific professional behaviour and practices

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Course Assessments and Due Dates


Weighting Nature of assessment Learning Due Date
Outcomes
40% Assignment 1 (DP: Y3 Short Film) 1 8th September
40% Assignment 2 (Gaffer: Y2 Short Films) 1, 2 10th November
20% Assignment 3 (Professional Conduct) 2 17th November

Class Schedule

Wed-23Jul AM 3/C1 DW Y3SF DP Script Discussions // Y3 DP’s Plan

Location as character - why choose one location over another or a given angle
Th-24Jul PM 3/C2 AL of a location over another angle? What's the best time of day to shoot a given
scene and why?

Advanced Exposure - Review H&D curve, sensitometry, meter use. //


Exercise: Our own exposure test: Greyscale and Grey Towel Tests; the
Wed-30Jul PM 3/C3 DW
waveform monitor. How the 900's interpret light. Exercise: shooting a face with
varying contrast ratios (using the above information).

Scene Emulation - students pick shots from films and as a class analyse and
Wed-6Aug AM 3/C4 DW
replicate them
Shots - Different approaches to making a shot, venturing beyond the obvious.
Tues-12Aug Making compelling choices. Each shot presents a rich opportunity to visually
AM 3/C5 AL convey an emotional landscape. This class is about structuring the photography
of each scene by employing a purposeful combination of lens choice, proxemics,
depth, movement, light and shadow.

Th-14Aug AM 3/C6 AL Specific Y3SF Issues // Emulate Director’s film references

YEAR 3 SHORT FILMS

Mon-8Sep PM 3/C7 DW/AL View & Discuss Rushes


[Acting Short Film prep class] - Occurring 2 days after the preprod meeting
for this project, this class will focus on the challenges posed by the project. We’ll
Th-11Sep AM 3/C8 DW
also strive to formulate a unified look for the film, as you will rotate as DP’s.
Exercise and discussion.

ACTING SHORT FILM

TERM BREAK

Tues-14Oct AM 3 / D1 DW Final Focus Exercise (or field trip, if scheduling is best for it here)
Wed-16OctPM 3 / D2 [field trip]
YEAR 2 SHORT FILMS

Th-13Nov AM 3 / D3 [field trip]


Mon-17Nov PM 3 / D4 [field trip]
Fri-21Nov PM 3 / D5 [field trip]

Field Trip Possibilities


(depending on availability Cine Stuff (lighting rental house)
of these):
The Dolly Shop
Panavision (learning to load as many types of mags as we can get our
hands on)
(a working film set)

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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
(same as last semester – you’d better have these by now!)
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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