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Unit 1

Cinematography is the art and craft of making motion pictures by capturing a story visually. In this unit, we will explore the basics of filmmaking and editing as you produce several film shorts.


1. Introduction to Film

In this lesson we will cover the basic structure of the Media Course. You will tell me a little about yourself in the Who Are You assignment, look at the course syllabus and learn the basic expectations of students in this class.

2. History of Film: Genres and Technologies

Watch the presentation by your instructor on the history of film: Genres and Technologies.  Use the History of Film Handout to keep notes as you will be tested on this topic matter.  Take the History of Film Quiz here!

3. Careers in Film

Vancouver is a major hub for film and television production.   Open the Film Crew assignment and begin researching a film career path of your choice.  When instructed to do so, take the Film Crew Quiz here.

4. Camera Parts - Individual Assignment

​Learn the important parts for shooting on a Canon Camera​  by completing the the Canon Camera Parts Assignment. Try completing as much as you can without looking up each part. Then, take a look at the Canon T7 Manual can be found here​.

5. Camera Safety and Procedural Presentation

​Camera safety is paramount to continuing to offer Photography at Riverside. In this presentation, you will learn the procedures for borrowing a school camera and how to use it safely. After this presentation, there is a Safety Procedures Test that you must attain at least 80% in order to borrow a camera. Any questions you get wrong, must be corrected in full answer and handed in. You can review the Procedural Presentation Notes​ prior to completing the quiz. Please Note: You must have handed in your signed Photography Contract prior to  borrowing any equipment.

6. Tech Workshop

Learn the basics of setting up your camera before you do your first photo shoot. In the tech workshop, we will setup the camera and get comfortable with it's settings. You may view the Tech Workshop Notes here.

7. Editing - Lord Of The Rings

Learn the basics of editing on Adobe Premiere.  With a film 12 tutor, recreate a scene from Lord Of The Rings.  Download and save the LOTR footage to the My Documents and Decompress it.  You must use the LOTR script to piece together the clips, edit the audio and include the music for the scene.  Export the final version and hand it in to the Local Hand In folder.

8. Editing in Premiere

Watch 6 Ways to Compose Better Video by Videomaker. This is an excellent starting point for you in studying and applying good composition. Try applying what you have learned in this video on the Shot Composition and Framing assignment.

9. Shot Composition & Framing

Time to take a look at the basics of shot composition and framing.  In this presentation, your instructor will provide you with the basics of how to compose your shot.  The Basic Film Composition Handouts are available for you to review.  Once you have seen the presentation, complete the Basic Composition Assignment.  For each of the shots listed in the Basic Composition Assignment, use a character as your main subject for the shot.  Film the character doing something in the shot (do not have the character move around).  Have them talk on their cell phone, drink something, read a book, but have them engaged!  Do not allow the character to buzz the camera!  (looking straight into the camera lens). See a finished example of the film composition assignment here.

10. Storyboarding For Film

Watch the presentation on how to storyboard for film. Watch the Storyboarding Presentation first to get an overview of the process.  Storyboarding Handouts are provided.  After reviewing how to properly storyboard, draw up the storyboards for this scene from the Breakfast Club. You are working in reverse, normally you would draw up the boards first. However, to learn how to storyboard effectively, it can really help to see the finished product. Consider all information you need to reproduce the scene.

11. Metaphor & Juxtaposition in Film

This short presentation will set you up for your unit project. A Metaphor in Film Handout is provided. Refer to the Metaphor List for examples of metaphors you can use in your films.

12. Basic Camera Moves for Film

When a camera moves in film, it moves for a specific reason.  In this presentation, your instructor will cover ten of the basic camera moves and why you should use them.  The Basic Camera Moves Handouts are provided for you to look at for review.  Once you have seen the presentation, complete the Basic Camera Moves Assignment.  Your character's in these shots may be in motion (for a pan or truck shot) or motionless (say for a dolly in).  Have the character's in a natural state and reflecting the intention of the camera move. 

13. Project #1: The Montage

Read the montage explanation handout. Then review both the Montage Project Outline and the evaluation sheet.  it's time to make your first film!  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor.  Export and hand in your final version.

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