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The Essence Of Cinematography

2 July 2011 No Comment

Film making is a huge business. You put in this much into the creation of a film and if you’re lucky you might double your investment at the box-office because the movie you produced was such a big hit its target audience watched it to their hearts’ content. No wonder online film schools offering film making courses continue to grow in number.

However, unless anyone forgets, film creation is art at its most imaginative style and among the various aspects involved in movie-making it is cinematography that screenwriters, producers, directors consider to be the most intriguing, interesting, and challenging. So, would you like to learn more about this movie-making aspect, which also happens to be the most difficult to learn among the film making courses being offered in film academies? Well, continue to pore over this article.

What is found in cinematography?

Cinematography is considered as the art of moving photography. It is this aspect of the film when the cinematographer can choose the type of camera gauge to use and the lighting effects to use when doing the scenes needed to complete the movie. This is that part in the movie-making process that will test the creativity and imagination of the people behind the scenes – from the director to the cameramen. In film school, cinematography is said to be the most difficult to learn among the film making courses.

What aspects are involved in cinematography?

These are the things involved in cinematography:

Film Stock- The basic step in the process of film-making is that part wherein the cinematographer chooses the film gauge, film speed and the color sensitivity to be used in recording images.

Filters- Whether the cinematographer uses the diffusion filters or color effects filters, the objective is still the same, that is, that these devices can be used to create a more dramatic effect for a certain scene in a movie.

 Lens- This is the instrument that a cinematographer attaches to the camera to create a certain look, feel or effect for the movie. The ability to choose the right lens to use in shooting a certain scene or scenes in the film can make or break that film.

Aspect Radio and Framing – The images’ aspect ratio is  the ratio of an image’s width to its height. This part of cinematography is essential because these different ratios make varied aesthetic effects.

Lighting- Lighting is significant in cinematography since it is this aspect that is included in exposing images on the film. It’s this part too that when done well evokes the proper emotions that the director would love to get from the movie’s viewers.

Camera Movement- It’s that aspect of cinematography that enables the film’s audience to have the required viewpoint in understanding the film totally.

Now you have an idea what cinematography is. Do you like to learn from some film making courses? You can find all in the Internet.

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