Definition: Cinematography - The art of making motion pictures.
Objective: To examine the evolution of teaching of the discipline of Cinematography; leading to the new MA Cinematography for Digital Film and Television programme; at The Media School, Bournemouth University: Contrasting this with the differing approach from traditional Film Schools.
Film:Ironically, given the historical aversion of the Media School; Greenscreen elements shot on 35mm film (with a Russian Konvas 8M), and backplates on 16mm. These were telecined to video for loading into compositing software.
Video: Digital SD, good colour reproduction, low compression, progressive scan, zoom lenses, DVCPRO50
Video: Digital SD, uncompressed, zoom lenses.
Digital Cinematography, High Definition, uncompressed, prime lenses.
The core ethos behind the development of MA Television Production into the current PG Media Framework, is increasing levels of specialism available to students, with shared theoretical elements, and strong elements of collaboration.
This collaboration closely parallels industry practice.
It takes the form of formal elements, when collaboration is required by the assessments, but also strong encouragement for the students to build working partnerships which allow them to produce films of higher ambition and quality than they would be able to do on their own.
Our objective on MA Cinematography is to develop four aspects in parallel:
Artistic vision - developing their own artistic eye and critical judgement through personal practice.
Technical proficiency - mastery of the tools, techniques and ‘craft skills’.
Team working - effectively working together in different roles as camera crews.
Collaboration - building strong, mutually beneficial working relationships with Directors and Producers. Note: We strongly emphasis to the Cinematographers that they are not Directors, and that they provide a service to the productions originated by the Directors and Producers!
Film Production is now largely moving over to ‘video’ though it is typically characterised as ‘Digital Cinematography’ or ‘Digital Film’.
The video cameras that the Cinematography students now use are, in terms both of quality and range of creative accessories, equivalent to those used on a large number of feature films.
Now ‘technical correctness’ and ‘broadcast quality’ are no longer major points of discussion, and there has been a surge in interest in the artistic and creative qualities of Digital Cinematography, that is most significantly expressed through the start of MA Cinematography a scant month and a half ago.
Myself and my colleagues at The Media School, most notably Mark Bond, who joined us from a career as a professional Cinematographer, are now finally pushing forward the artistic and creative discipline of Cinematography, in close parallel, and in close collaboration with, the well established programmes of Directing, Editing, Writing and Effects.