new advanced production class
- Dear Allstars,
This term I'm teaching 151B/C with a new focus; "Visual Storytelling." The
class will address how to build a story (either narrative or documentary) using
cinematography, lighting and art direction. In doing so, we will also employ
our new equipment: shooting studio, dolly, steadicam systems, and HVX/HD
cameras (and, yes, the studio lights are now fully rigged.) If you're
interested and want to learn a little more, see the lecture topics listed below.
If you have only taken 151B, you can sign up for 151C.
If you've already taken 151B & C, but you took 151B in 2006 or earlier, you can
re-enroll in 151B again.
Our first class meets this Monday, August 23 at 9am in Room 218. Do let me
know if you're interested and I will arrange to sign your add slips on Monday.
151 Visual Story - Lecture Topics
Focus: On what do you want your audience to focus?
Establishing a meaningful focal point
Depth of Field Issues: technical and how it affects the interpretation of your
Rack focus (w/ stationary and moving subjects)
Blocking : What meaning does your composition tell?
Visual/ narrative symbolism
Building and shifting Character through blocking
Visual Continuity: Shooting for the Edit
Technical Camera / HD Tech Specs / 35mm Cams for video
Camera in Motion
Glide - Steadicam
Motion in Cinematography
How a shot develops over time
How to visually demonstrate changes in character relationships
Surprise your audience
Lighting - Safety, Vocabulary, Techniques and Principles
Field and Studio lights
Lighting: Establishing Separation and Connection w/ Lighting
Different ways to reveal character relationships with lighting
Lighting – Focus & Mystery
Determining what’s lit and what’s unlit
Reveal Shot developed through lighting
Maintaining lighting continuity between different shots
Establishing a lighting style for your video
Pragmatics: Resources and Organization Tips for Production Design
Choosing a Location
pragmatic and aesthetic considerations
locations that represent characters in story
Establishing Affinity & Connection via Art Direction
What story does your art direction tell?
Establishing Contrast & Conflict via Art Direction
How your choice of wardrobe, props and make-up can create tension between
Building character and plot points through Art