Cinematography Courses

3D Cinematography

F325 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  F202 Cinematography 2
Intermediate students receive hands-on training using advanced tools of the on-set 3D stereographer and post- production stereo supervisor. Students gain solid knowledge about working with the director, DP, and crew to create a dynamic 3D image. Students gain knowledge of the various 3D camera systems being used in feature film 3D cinematography, multi camera 3D shoots, and shooting 3D for TV.

Advanced Studio Lighting

F408A (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
This course will challenge the student to better their skills at lighting using the high-end professional digital cameras. Through a series of hands-on demonstrations, in-class lectures, and the practical and personal experiences of lighting assignments, the student will gain a strong working knowledge of the variables in controlling the exposure, contrast ratios, and specific looks of images created with a camera in a studio setting. The student will also learn advanced knowledge of a variety of cameras, of lighting techniques, and support equipment.

Camera Essentials

F203A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production
An introduction to the responsibilities of camera crew members with emphasis on the positions of first and second assistant camera (AC). Covers camera prep, set-up, changing lenses, filters, magazines, setting T-stops, following focus, slating, marking actors, loading magazines, and keeping camera reports.

Camera Movement

F402 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
The origin of the word cinematography traces to the Greek. Cinema is movement and graphy is writing, thus “writing with movement.” Camera Movement is therefore a fundamental course in the mastering of cinematography. Why to move the camera, when to move the camera, and how to move the camera. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the cameras and tools used to create images that visualize a story.

Cine Lens

F357 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F202 Cinematography 2
A common statement of cinematographers: "Image quality really comes down to the glass." This refers to the lens, and different lens manufacturers have different personalities. This hands-on class will explore what makes different glass look and feel in different ways and, consequently, potentially alter the audience reaction to an image or scene. Mostly using the Red Camera, Cine Lens will study the various modern producers of cinema glass with lecture and discussion on their characteristics. This is followed by in-class shooting on each platform. Special attention is given to ensuring students have a thorough and complete understanding of lens and optical systems that will serve them well throughout their career in image creation.

Cinematography 1

F102 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production
A hands-on course that serves to familiarize students with the various digital and film cameras they will be using in their productions at Columbia College Hollywood. The emphasis is on the concepts needed to control the quality of images created, including such techniques as varying the frame rate, shutter speed, exposure, camera filters and color temperature. Students shoot weekly in-class exercises that are screened in subsequent sessions. This course provides the student with the skills needed to reproduce various lighting conditions and create different moods.

Cinematography 2

F202 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
A continuation of F102 Cinematography 1, dedicated to deepening the students understanding of how to master control over image production in digital and film formats. The goal is to gain control over image production in both film and DV formats in practical situations. Variables in lighting, exposure, camera positions and blocking the action of a scene with a director are covered. Transforming the 24-frame filmed image into the 29.97 digital format is explained and illustrated through weekly hands-on tests.

Cinematography 3

F302 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F202 Cinematography 2
Advanced cinematography techniques guided by the idea that we must first learn the rule, we must then master the rules, so that we can, in Cinematography 3, experiment in breaking the rules.

Cinematography: Digital Imaging & Data Wrangling

F493 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1, F202 Cinematography 2
This is a class designed to help students get started in the camera department by teaching the practical skills required in the new digital universe. Students will learn the basics of the digital image, the digital signal, and how it can be recorded and manipulated to create the best possible image. Students will complete this course with hands-on experience in Data Management (Wrangler) and as a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT). The class sessions with include field trips or visits by camera professionals utilizing the latest in technology and technique.

Cinematography: Shooting the Unpredictable

F207 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
This course is designed to allow students to examine the process of cinematography in several fast paced production settings. Students will learn how to approach and execute current production techniques for documentary, television magazines and reality television. The students will use several types of high definition, digital cameras and professional support equipment to practice composition, lighting, and field audio.

Color Timing 1

F265 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisites: F102 Cinematography, F122A Editing Theory & Practice
The challenges of post-production for the cinematographer are studied in this hands-on course in which students learn the art of color correction and protecting the integrity of your visual plan. A further hands-on visit to a professional facility is part of the process.

Color Timing 2

F365 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F265 Color Timing 1
This course takes the student with a basic understanding of color grading to the next level through an exploration of the looks that can be created in post-production, and how work done in production interacts with work done in post.

Digital Studio Lighting

V220 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
The Digital Studio Lighting class is designed to help students take their knowledge of cameras, lensing, and especially the knowledge and skill in lighting scenes and action to the next level in crafting precise and technically advanced visual imagery that create precise emotional responses in the viewing audiences.

Experimental Video Workshop

F231 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1
A lot more can be done with the camera than merely shooting narrative or documentary films. The camera is a tool with vast artistic possibilities. In this course, students will execute single channel or installation video art pieces, and have an expressive, creative experience with the camera unencumbered by the narrative screenplay. This course is designed to expand the student as artist with camera.

Exterior Cinematography

F307 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to give the students hands-on experience shooting with film and digital cameras in practical, real-life locations (convenience stores, gas stations, parks, city streets in exterior/interior day conditions). Students will also be trained in the use of SunPath computer software that is the Industry standard for tracking the movement of the sun during the arc of the day.

Feature Film Cinematography

F403A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F202 Cinematography 2
The Feature Film Cinematography class will embrace all of the different kinds of cameras that are used in the world today for the productions of the imagery for feature length films. Students will learn about the cameras that are used today by major studios as well as those that are used in the world of independent features. The transition from a 35mm film based image creation format to the new, ever evolving digital cameras will be particularly explored.

Music Video Production

V318 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
Production workshop for 3-minute music videos, from conception to answer print. Students write their own scripts, prepare schedules and budgets, recruit cast and crew, produce, direct, shoot, and post-produce, including editing, sound effects, music, and dubbing.

Portrait Photography

GH242 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: None
Ready for your close-up? Both movies and TV require both subtle and straight-forward technique in highlighting the human face. This hands-on class will teach you how to artfully light faces, as well as how to find expression and evocation from faces -- all key to award-winning filmmaking.

Production for New Media

F317 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: All Core Tier 1 courses
New Media is a wide terrain, and one that could be a large part of a student’s future in entertainment. Students will create and produce dynamic program content that crosses multiple genres and can be launched on many different platforms – from the web to DVDs to streaming media. You will conceive, produce and post concepts such as “Behind the Scenes” shorts, and shorts for cellular launch, iTunes, downloadable content, and other media. Some emphasis is placed on marketing tools, one of the hottest new media genres.

Shooting the Masters

F285 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F202 Cinematography 2
Through exercises, both chosen by the instructor and generated by students, sequences from classic films – black and white and color – are re-created, illuminating how these masterful moments were accomplished with camera and light.

Storyboard Design

GH151 (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: GH135 Drawing
In this course, students develop a complete understanding of the storyboarding process – upcoming directors, in particular, will hone their “eye.” Students learn the fundamentals of turning a script into a sequence of images, as the class is designed to get them comfortable with the all-important pre-visualizing work flow. A 3-D software system is used in creating the storyboards. Additionally, the class analyzes several elite films and their director’s approach to storyboarding.

TV Commercial Production

V118 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F102 Cinematography 1, F141 Production Sound
A production-based course for commercials from concept to finished spots. Students write their own scripts, prepare storyboards, prepare schedules and budgets, recruit crew and cast, produce, direct, and shoot their spots. Spots are completed in post-production, including editing, sound effects, music, and dubbing.

Ultimate Digital Cinematography

F475 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  F202 Cinematography 2
This course will explore the techniques needed to master the cutting edge of the ever-evolving universe of digital cameras and lighting.

Visual FX & Green Screen Cinematography

F305 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  F102 Cinematography 1
The challenges and excitement of shooting with a green screen are explored hands-on in this innovative class. In addition to shooting, the class works in tandem with the After Effects class – you shoot, they use After Effects to make what you have shot come alive on the screen. You work together on the final result.