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Film & Digital Cinematography

Units: 6
Student Level: All

Jun 28 - Aug 6 Add to cart
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm - 10:00pm & Weekend Sound Stage Projects (all day): 6/24-6/26 & 7/31-8/2
Orientation: Jun 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: Philip Schwartz


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 through 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 of lectures and hands-on training. Students will learn a number of cinematography skills including (but not limited to):

  • Lighting strategies
  • Camera operation
  • Both film and digital camera set up 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 ALEXA motion picture camera.

Students will be granted weekend access to one of the USC SCA 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
  • Tripods
  • 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.                                                                                                                  *Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Philip Schwartz

This 6-unit Summer Program course is comprised of the following two courses:

  • CNTV 325: Film & Digital Cinematography - 3 units
  • CTPR 428: Summer Program Film & Digital Cinematography - 3 units

Should the SCA Summer Program move to an online format for Summer 2021, this course will be CANCELED. Students enrolled in this course will have the option to switch to any available online course.