Many a time, a movie or television show becomes a good one because of great photography. Good work on the camera can turn even an average movie into a great one. On the other hand, a well-directed movie comes across as a boring one if the camera work is not creative. The camera is one of the most important elements of any audio-visual program and ends up as the perfect combination of art and technique.
• Working the TV/Video Camera
• TV Camera – Different types
• Film and TV camera &Images – Differences
• Camera Mounts and heads
• Camera Movements – Different Types
• Camera Lens – Different Types
• Lenses and Their Properties
• Camera Composition
• Camera Composition – Principles
• Digital and Analog Images – Differences
• Digital & Analog Images – Image formation Theory
• Shots in Cinematography/ Videography – Different Types
• Colour Filters – Uses
• Shooting Formats – Different Types
• Aspect Ratios (RAW, 2k, 4k, JPEG, etc.)
• Colour Correction – Principles
• Lighting in Cinematography – Principles
• Lights – Different Types used in Cinematography
• Lighting Qualities
• Hard & Soft Lighting
• Soft, Directional Lighting
• Light Balancing & Colour Conversion Filters
• Colour Temperature
• Static & Moving Shots – Lighting
• Character Lighting & Camera Movement
• Practical exercises with D-90 Still camera
• Principles of Composition
• Lighting and camera operation Practical exercises (AG HX 90 Camera)
• Tungsten lights and Artificial Daylights Introduction
• Indoor day & night sequences with actors and their creation
• Camera menu
• Static Shots and their Lighting
• Different Camera Angles
• Ratio Lighting – An Introduction
• Lighting and camera operations (z7p/NX3/ NX100 Camera)
• Location lighting – An introduction
• Use of natural daylight
• Mixed Lighting
• Lighting of Character & Camera Movement (with actors)
• Lighting & Camera Operations (Canon EX3 or Panasonic P2HD Camera)
• DSLR Cinematography (Canon 5D-MARK III/ MARK IV/7D or Nikon 700D Camera)
• Camera Movement – DSLR cinematography
• Control of Camera Movement
• Shooting Action Scene
• Camera Operation & Lighting (Sony AS7, BlackMagic Cinema camera)
• Outdoor Location Lighting
• Song Shooting Techniques (with Artists & Choreographer)
Any individual with an interest in making films is eligible to attend this course. There are no prerequisite criteria for enrolling into the Cinematography Weekend course. Basic knowledge of photography is helpful.
On completion of the Cinematography weekend course in the ZEFT Film Institute Chennai, the students will be competent enough to start a career in the film and television industry as an assistant cameraman or as an apprentice cameraman in a film or television channel. They can opt to start working as a freelancer by setting up their own studio. They can even pursue further studies in film institutions of repute.
The weekend course in cinematography will be conducted by experienced professional cameramen with more than 20 years’ experience in the film and television industry.
Film & Theater Actor, Director & Author
R Amarendran is an Indian theatre director & actor who has directed and acted in several plays in English and French. Amarendran's love for acting started in the 1980s during his college days. He was part of Girish Karnad's play Tughlaq which soon led him to get minor roles in Mithran Devanesan's Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He later acted in English plays for several theatre groups in Chennai. In 1989 he was one the four Indians to be selected by the French government to go the L'ecole Nationale d'art Dramatique at the Theatre National de Strasbourg in France to train in acting and to act in a French play that was staged in Delhi, Calcutta and Strasbourg. On his return from France he decided to direct plays himself and in 1992 he founded the Theatre Arlequin. He staged more than 25 plays in English and French the most notable of which were Tartuffe by Moliere, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Maids by Jean Genet and Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique. His film career started in 2008 when he landed the main villain’s role in the movie Bale Pandya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar featuring Vishnu Vishal as the protagonist. He has acted in a major role in the critically acclaimed Vidiyum Munn which was inspired by the British film "London to Brighton". He later played the role of a history teacher in the multi-Oscar winner Hollywood film "Life of Pi". Amarendran has acted in many Tamil films like Jil Jung Juk, Vidiyum Munn, Vikram Vedha and Kabali. Amarendran has conducted numerous acting workshops for aspiring actors across India and has a strong penchant for teaching.
Script Writer, Director & Producer
John Edathattil aka Sab John is one of the most critically acclaimed Script writer in Tamil and Malayalam film industry. John has penned the Script for more than 30 feature films in Tamil and Malayalam. John became interested in Script writing early in his accounting career and started working on script writing. His noted works include Kamal Hassan starer Malayalam film Chanakyan, Guna and Kuruthipunal. His other noted films include Vyooham(1990), Gandhari (1993), Soorya Manasam(1992), Highway (1995 film), Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), Mayilpeelikkavu(1998) and Priyam(1999). He has framed Screen writing course curriculum for various universities in India and has trained many aspiring screen writers in India and abroad. John E has also worked as a Director and Producer for numerous Ad films and documentaries.
Cinematographer & Actor
Santhosh Nambirajan is a cinematographer and an Indian actor, who performs in Tamil language films. As a Cinematographer Santhosh has assisted National Award winning Cinematographer Chezhian in many films like Paradesi, Thaarai Thappatai,Joker, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru to name a few. He is recognized for the protagonist role he played in the film To Let. To Let has won more than 62 awards in various film festivals across the world including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 65th National Film Awards.
Director, Actor & Writer
Thilip kumar is a Software Engineer turned Independent Film maker. His first film Gubeer which was a limited release received a positive critical response, with particular praise for its novel structure and narrative. Director Karthik Subburaj of Petta praised the movie as an experimental film which is gutsy, bold & filled with fun. Thilip produced his second film through crowd funding and waiting for the release of Gubeer Part 2.
Vijay worked as a photo journalist for the Vikatan Group before working as a cinematographer. He assisted the camera teams of some of the commercially successful films including Bommalattam, Chera's Autograph, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Ajith's Varalaru. He subsequently worked as an independent cinematographer in ad films, working for over fifty brands, and then worked on assignments for documentaries for BBC about PT Usha. In 2009, he got his first big break as a cinematographer for Rajesh Lingam’s Pugaippadam, after which he worked on Maathi Yosi. He subsequently worked on Ondipuli and Nagaram. He used practical lights instead of the traditional film set lighting in the web series Nila Nila Odi Vaa. Vijay enjoys teaching and has conducted numerous workshops on Cinematography.