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Cinematography Career in India

  • Apr 13, 2017
  • Posted by: Naresh sharma
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Cinematography Career in India

Role of a cinematographer: A cinematographer is responsible for composing each frame in a scene that is to be shot and deciding the lighting and camera angles according to the requirements of the director. He leads the camera/lighting team and is involved in the planning and execution of a shoot from the pre-production stage.

What will you learn at CRAFT ?  Lighting is used to change the mood of a scene or to indicate practical aspects such as day or night.

Cinematography course blends traditional filmmaking techniques with the latest digital video and film cinematography. We use HD Camera for day to day exercises. Our cinematography course also includes screenings, lectures, and demonstrations to help you understand creative possibilities as you develop an eye for aesthetics. Students will experiment with the creative use of film lighting techniques and will learn to control the image quality. Students will shoot in the studio and on location and would gain practical experience in various lighting situations such as day-for-night, available and mixed light, fire and candle light, and close-up table tops. On a daily basis, students would share their discoveries, successes, and failures as the class reviews and write a critique on the previous day's shooting.

WORKSHOPS: There will be  2-3-days workshops by industry practitioners on RED/ALEXA motion picture cameras during the course. Various lighting situations will be taken up by the instructor to demonstrate different ways to light them up. Possible outdoor and indoor locations in Delhi will be explored for a wider perspective on problems associated with location shooting. Students will be given typical situations to be lit and will be guided by the workshop instructor. These workshops will give the students confidence and technical finesse required to shoot any professional cinematography assignment in the film and television industry. A variety of lighting styles, like source lighting, mood lighting, stylization, glamour will be demonstrated through practical situations in the studio.

Fiction Style: How to use natural and available light more effectively; use of tungsten, HMI, and fluorescent lighting systems, along with grip equipment to shape, bounce, and shade light by using simple tools and techniques. Exercises include lighting portraits and close-ups, product stills, night exteriors, interiors of a motel room, car interiors, day for night, and exterior night street scenes.  The cinematography course also includes tests and exercises with 35mm digital cameras and video cameras. 

Advertising Style: In this style, we screen and study a wide range of television commercials, look at trends, analyze visual style, and discuss concepts, camera-vision, technology, editing-styles, and the use of special effects. We explore the use of lighting, the feature film look and the impact which MTV had on television visualization. One will be required to scout and evaluate locations, and then set up and shoot commercials. One will solve real problems such as casting, blocking, lighting, camera placement and movement and the overall look of each commercial. One will also examine the relationship between the director, DOP and the client. In addition, we help explore career opportunities and the business of commercial television  production.

Documentary Style: The main focus is on creative use of a DV Cam and film cameras in documentary filmmaking. Apart from exploring the use of the camera in documentary production, it also takes into account the responsibilities of the documentary filmmaker as a director/camera operator. Some other aspects that are covered in cinematography course include cover-shot design and camera set-up, blocking and camera moves, composition, point-of-view, and lens selection.
Cinematography Course : Discussions on field maintenance, batteries and chargers, alternate sources of power, lenses, and lighting packages. It also covers a wide range of documentary programming including nature, science and social documentaries, docu-drama and corporate documentaries and industrials, along with formal studio situations and challenging field, mountain, and wilderness work. The activities range from problem solving and story-telling to creative decision-making from editing point of view. One would screen and analyze selected documentaries for camera style and story-telling. There will be fieldwork every afternoon to give practical experience in handling the camera in a variety of situations. Scenes will be edited for review and critiqued at various points in this cinematography course.

Job opportunities for cinematography students:

Generally, you have 2-options after the course is completed :

  1. To become an independent cinematographer, one needs to work with an experienced person as an assistant to learn the essentials of shooting a TV serial/feature film/advertising films.
  2. Depending upon the availability, one gets started as a 1st assistant/2nd assistant. The payment is according to the experience, varying between 1,000/- to 5,000/- per shift and as your experience grows, the pay increases. During this phase of 2-3 years, you develop contacts with the industry directors/ad film makers/ad agency who might give you a break to work independently, where one can start to earn 10,000/- to 30,000/-per day after 7-8 years of experience one can reach the salary bracket of 1,20,000/- per day !!.
  3. If one prefer a fixed salary job, one can join a television production house/news channel where one can start to earn between 15,000/- to 20,000/- per month. As the experience grows, there is rise to the level of chief cameraman in the production house where one can earn between 40,000/- to 60,000/- per month.
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