Intention & Technique
INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY
GRAY whittles at a block of wood, as individual shavings fall to the small pile growing on the table.
TRAVIS reps crunches on the floor, listening to the weather report on TV. As he finishes his set, GRAY drops a small object on him. Travis picks it up: a strange humanoid carving.
CUT TO BLACK
This simple scene can be shot in a hundred different ways, all valid from a purely technical standpoint, but with varied intention. The cinematographer’s approach to a scene defines its tone, style, aesthetic, and most importantly how the audience connects with the material. In order to make these aesthetic decisions the cinematographer must consider elements such as theme, character, relationships, story arc, and emotional context, among others.
ASoF's Cinematography course is led by professional filmmaker Alonso J. Luján and centers around the intention behind technical decisions. Students will be given several film assignments in class designed to teach and explore how and why we create various visuals within storytelling - going beyond the rudimentary basics.
Key topics covered include:
Lighting for mood and emotional context
Focal length in relation to character, space and style
Creating depth within shots through lighting and framing
Camera movement and its effect on pacing and mood
Other elements that go into creating a unique voice and look for each individual project
This class is part of a two part series, students are required to complete Cinematography I before taking Cinematography II.
INSTRUCTOR: Alonso J. Luján is a director and cinematographer based in Austin, TX, working on narrative films, commercials, documentaries, and other content. His work has screened at festivals across the globe, collecting numerous accolades, including the MTV award for Best Music Video at the Independent Music Awards, in Spain UFI10. Some of the clients he has worked with include Coca Cola, Facebook, Sony Music Entertainment, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Warner Music.
This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: those interested in the art of cinematography, the role of a cinematographer on set, and learning more in-depth about this specific role within the film industry. Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.
SUPPLIES: all supplies & gear included!
CERTIFICATE: DVCP elective