The emphasis of the course is about developing key intellectual and practical skills that not only match industry expectations but also challenge current practice, constantly striving to develop new approaches and techniques. This course is aimed at those with some previous experience in camera operation or photography, perhaps from making short films or at undergraduate level. Alternatively, students may come from the media industry and wish to develop a skills-base and specialise in this field while undertaking a rigorous and theoretical learning experience in cinematography.
Cinematography and the manipulation of light to create images is at the heart of film and television production. New developments in the digital arena have created new opportunities and a need to understand new skills and develop new knowledge. This course provides a range of industry-standard technology and staff expertise, which will equip students to make the most of the evolving digital marketplace.
A first degree or equivalent (2:1 or above). A portfolio of work and show reel and an interview will be required.
Year 1 / Level M
Digital Cinematography for Documentary
In this unit you will undertake workshops which provide a good working knowledge of camera, lighting and grip operation, delivered and supported by specialist demonstrators. Seminars will explore key theoretical and professional issues around location and studio production.
You will participate in project work that explores different styles of cinematography in a digital environment. Masterclasses with visiting professionals provide a critical understanding of production practices.
This unit establishes a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course. In combination with the other practical and professional provision provided, it offers a strong critical foundation for the effective realisation of production work.
Teaching enables students to engage collectively with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
Digital Cinematography for Drama
This unit teaches the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for successful employment in the field of digital camera operation and lighting. You will learn how to use a range of camera, grip and lighting equipment in documentary production. You will spend the majority of their time in a production environment.
All projects are filmed in collaboration with MA Directing Digital Film and Television students.
Cross-Platform Media Practice
The media industry is constantly changing. This unit aims to ensure you graduate with a set of skills to enable you to prosper and succeed in the industry.
Here you will study the current debates and trends in the industry in relation to cross-platform commissioning and production. You will also evaluate a range of theoretical and practical tools by applying them to brands that can be explored and exploited across different media platforms.
Please choose one of the following:
Masters Production Project
All the other taught areas of the course are in preparation for this unit: the Masters Production Project. This is where you can create a calling card for the industry – evidence of your abilities as a cinematographer and camera operator, giving you a showreel to help you in the next step of your career.
Working with your cinematography tutor, you will be able to take advantage of the Media Schools’ collaborative environment to work with writers, producers and directors to create shorts, drama and documentary, or even a low-budget feature film for you to light and shoot using professional kit.
Masters Research Project
As an alternative to the Masters Production Project, you can choose a research-focussed option, where you produce either a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individual, or collaboratively written paper. This option consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts.
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