Cinematography is the primary element of filmmaking. It brings to life (and onto the screen) an idea that otherwise would have remained trapped in the mind of a writer or as typed words on a script page. In doing so, cinematography captures a truth different from the truth captured by theatre, the novel, or painting. So, cinematography creates an altogether different form of expression, and therefore of feeling.

Cinematography is a profession for those who are eager, committed, and passionate about pursuing a career in filmmaking. Ramoji Academy of Film & Television offers the best Cinematography program in this country.

Approach

The 12-weeks program in Digital Cinematography is guided by industry experienced professionals and is supported by the largest light and equipment division in the country, has access to shooting floors with sets, outdoor locations, and dedicated High-Res cameras.

Cinematography program primarily teaches its students about the functioning of camera and light crews working on film production, television production, or any other live event. The program teaches students how technical and artistic decisions related to the image are made in all these contexts.

Methodology

Concepts Taught

The course is comprehensive and covers the following key concepts: visual storytelling, camera techniques, lighting methods and techniques, scene composition and working with the entire film crew. Short film projects allow students to apply cinematography and film lighting concepts in practical situations.

Course Content:

Digital Cinematography, as a subject, is a combination of both aesthetics & technology. The structure of the course has been designed to be a well-balanced mix of classroom and practical sessions. The student is guided through the following steps to gain a thorough grasp of the subject:

  • Introduction to Motion imaging process & development till modern Digital Cinematography.

  • Understanding optics & its application within optical instrument - lens, camera etc.

  • Getting control over light for imaging with different peripherals like Aperture, Shutter speed etc.

  • Pre-visualization techniques & visualization from written content

  • Understanding digital light sensing devices like CCD or CMOS

  • Importance of ‘Aspect Ratio’ and its utilization in shooting and exhibition as well.

  • Composition & application of its rules in Cinematography

  • Introduction to type of lights & lighting techniques in day & night

  • Composition & application of its rules in Cinematography

  • Introduction to type of lights & lighting techniques in day & night

  • Shot designing techniques using supporting accessories

  • Advance lighting techniques in outdoor & indoor.

  • A comprehensive study of cinematography through doyen’s work

Outcomes

The digital cinematography course familiarizes students with the technical capacity of digital cameras for visual storytelling across the media of Film, Broadcast & New Media. Students may apply the camera operation, principles of lighting and composition from learning of this course to enroll themselves in advance Digital Cinematography Program or they may undertake projects as an enthusiastic beginner.