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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

FIL220 Cinematography II

Location: 
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length: 

Version 1: 153.5 hours (16 weeks). Version 2: 71 hours (16 weeks). 

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2007 - September 2016. Version 2: October 2016 - December 2019. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: operate the Arriflex 16SR camera, HD camera, and accessories; load the film magazine, use the battery and charger, and use the tripod; test and prevent problems; discuss how 16mm camera maintains sync; create scene files on HD, shoot HD at 720 and 1080; discuss HD workflow, slating, filling out camera reports, functions of all moving parts on the camera, how to use the eye-piece and zoom lens, marking focus pulls and zooms, labeling the magazine, film can, and HD storage device, focal lengths, filters, and apertures, and how to operate the Spyder dolly; discuss the properties of color negative and color reversal film with regards to grain, latitude, and density; operate C-Stands, Double Risers, Baby Stands, Hi-Boy Stands, Clamps (Maffers, Cardellini, Duck Bill, Large Studded C-Clamp, Spring and Gaffer Grips, Baby Wall Plates), Apple Boxes (full, 1/2, 1/4), Scrims (full double, full single, half double, half single-flag kit (solids, singles, doubles, silks) and use Tweeney, Inky, Baby Juniors, and a 2K Solarspot, and Filtration and Processing Techniques.

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: This course trains students to operate the Arriflex 16SR camera and its accessories and the Panasonic HVX 200 Camera and its accessories. Through hands-on practice, they learn: loading the Film magazine, use of the battery and charger, use of tripod, testing and preventing problems, how 16mm camera maintains sync, creating scene files on HD, shooting HD at 720 and 1080, HD workflow, slating, filling out camera reports, functions of all moving parts on the camera, how to use the eye-piece and zoom lens, marking focus pulls and zooms, labeling the magazine, film can, and HD storage device, focal lengths, filters, and apertures, and the use of the Spyder dolly. This course also immerses students in the technical and creative demands of cinematography. Color film stocks are tested to help students make the best choice for their films. The use of color correcting filters and gels is practiced through shooting tests. Lighting and contrast ratios are reviewed. In addition, students learn the most economical ways to light a scene by shooting set-ups from their own storyboards. A special focus on lighting and for shooting with HD enables students to achieve a film look and maximizes possibilities of working with this format. Students participate in Cinematography labs, working as different crewmembers in each lab. Crew positions are: Director, Director of Photography, Assistant Director, Assistant Camera, Gaffer, Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, and Dolly Grip. The student director for each production workshop selects a scene from their thesis film to shoot. They and the assigned D.P., and A.D., present their production package in the Cinematography Lab prep classes where they submit: a Contact Sheet, Production Schedule, Shot List, Floor Plan, Director's Notes, Character's Bios, Scene Beats, and the Script of the Scene to be reviewed.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Cinematography in Filmmaking (7/08). NOTE: Each semester of the One-Year Filmmaking Program is an integrated, cross-disciplinary experience. Credit is recommended only after a student completes all courses within a given semester. Version 2:  In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours as Cinematography in Filmmaking (10/16 revalidation). NOTE: Each semester of the One-Year Filmmaking Program is an integrated, cross-disciplinary experience. Credit is recommended only after students complete all courses within a given semester. 

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