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Unit 3

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. Style in Film

Filmmakers often start out with an intent on what style of film they want to make prior to production. In the Style In Film Assignment you will explore what style is and analyze a film for it's distinct style.

2. Lighting & Colour For Film 

Some filmmakers describe film as painting with light.  In this exercise, you will watch a presentation by your instructor on using lighting and colour in film.  Refer to the Lighting For Film Handouts if you want to review the material.  In the Lighting Assignment you will create the lighting for various moods/conditions. Export and hand in your final version.

3. Film Action

Action scenes in film are full of short tight shots and lots of movement. Take a look at How To Make Chase Scenes Look Fast. Watch his example at 1:08 in the film. Now storyboard your own chase scene. With your group, go out and shoot the film. In edit, consider adding some music to help with pace and tempo.

4. Film Continuity

Continuity involves avoiding discrepancies from shot to shot in a film, allowing the various scenes to be shot out of order. This presentation by your instructor will explore the issues of continuity and provide guidelines on how to apply it to your filmmaking.  Film Continuity Handouts are provided.

5. Advanced Camera Moves

Action films often contain camera angles and moves that provide the audience with the experience of being in the middle of that action. In the Advanced Camera Moves Assignment you will explore some of those techniques before you need to apply them to your unit project.  The Advanced Camera Moves presentation notes can be read here. Export and hand in your final version.

6. Film Genres

Often certain film styles will follow genres.  In the Typical Genre Characteristics assignment, document style aspects often associated with a genre of your choice (eg: Horror, Drama, Comedy).  You may use YouTube to explore examples of your chosen genre.  Complete the Typical Genre Assignment and hand it in to the Digital Hand In Box.

7. Action Film Project

It's time to apply what you have learned about Action, Style, Continuity and Camera moves in film. See the Action Film Project outline for more details.  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor. See the Action Film Grading Rubric for more details on how this project is evaluated. Export and hand in your final version.

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