Cinematography & Lighting
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5567
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
This workshop combines theoretical and practical elements of cinematography with special emphasis on cultivating a film sensibility. While learning techniques of studio and location lighting, students also study composition and coverage, and how movement, angles, and placement create a cinematographic style. In this class students will learn the tools, hardware, and technology used in the industry, as well as work through the aesthetic decisions that contribute to how a story is told. Looking at the special advantages, particular limitations and collaborative possibilities of both digital and film cinematography, the class will address issues of integrated media. Exercises will include: essential lighting and grip equipment, color film stocks, hard light vs. soft light, location shooting, color temperature and fluorescent lights, exterior lighting and control of natural light, covering a scene and continuity from a cinematographer, point of view, and camera and actor choreography. Practical tests and scenes are shot using color and black & white 16mm film stocks, as well as digital video.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: This course is the second in the Focus Area in Film Form and priority seating will be given to students who have already taken Media Practice Film Form or who are taking the two classes concurrently. Students should write to the instructor, Marcus Turner, at Students will not be able to register online for the course without this permission. If you are not involved in the Film Form sequence but would like to gain a seat or receive additional course information please contact the Film Form Coordinator as well.


Open to Graduate students.