About the Class
An intensive and extremely hands-on camera and lighting class for emerging cinematographers, producers, directors, editors and writers from all over the world.
Students in this course will learn and practice the fundamentals of cinematography. They will be provided with a thorough training on professional lighting and grip equipment. A cinematographer’s job is a holistically hybrid field of endeavor that requires both a confident execution of technical crafts as well as a willingness to explore and execute one’s own artistic sensibilities.
The format of the course will be a combination lectures and hand-on training. Students will learn a number of cinematography skills including (but not limited to):
- Lighting Strategies
- Camera Operation
- Both Film and Digital Camera Setup and Breakdown
- Making a Shot List
- Setting Exposure
- Crew Management
- Color Correction
- Lens Characteristics
The most unique feature of this popular and dynamic class is the weekly cinematography assignment for which each student will serve as the Director of Photography on a series of scenes shot on a myriad of the most contemporary equipment in the professional industry – including the RED motion picture camera.
Students will be granted weekend access to one of the USC School of Cinematic Arts state-of-the-art Motion Picture Sound Stages to complete their required work.
All necessary equipment and production resources will be available for student use, including:
- Digital cameras
- Lighting kits
- Sound kits
- AVID editing suites
- Access to free on-campus locations
- USC SCA Sound Stages
- Access to our Cinema Film Library (with over 13,000 films)
*All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.*
INSTRUCTOR(S): Philip Schwartz
*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.*
This 6 unit Summer Program class is comprised of the following two School of Cinematic Arts courses:
- CNTV 325: Film & Digital Cinematography – 3 units
- CTPR 428: Summer Program Film & Digital Cinematography – 3 units