Basic Cinematography

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$593.69 $534.32

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Date: 10/11/12 and 14/15 April 2018
Three weekday evenings and one weekend
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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About Basic Cinematography

Launch your career as a Director of Photography, and create a striking look and feel for your films and screen work with Raindance’s practical Basic Cinematography course.

Learn how to successfully transfer the visuals of the film from your head onto the screen via the tools you have at your disposal, such as lighting, lenses, filters, framing and much more.

The course will run across 5-days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday will take place 6:30pm – 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday full days of 10am – 5pm.

What will it cover?

Day 1: Aesthetics (Tuesday 6:30-9:00)

  • Attributes of the visual image
  • Framing
  • Lighting
  • Lighting set-ups and variations
  • Three-point setup
  • Creating the look

Day 2: Film  (Wednesday 6:30-9:00)

  • Film camera
  • Film stock
  • Lenses
  • Filters
  • Contrast
  • Light ratios
  • Light meters

Day 3: Digital (Thursday 6:30-9:00)

  • Digital cameras
  • Comparison of film and digital cameras
  • HD and SD formats
  • Digital exposure
  • Digital signal
  • Timecode

Weekend: Hands-on workshop (Saturday & Sunday)

Over the weekend, students will then have the opportunity to put into practice the theory they have learned by setting up and shooting a short scene with a specific “look”.

Watch what students get up to on Basic Cinematography:

What will you achieve?

Upon completion of Basic Cinematography, students will have acquired the skills, knowledge and practical experience to then undertake cinematography, director of photography, or camera assistant roles.

How will you be taught?

A mix of lecture-style, demonstration and also practical instruction with tutor guidance. In addition, students will set-up and shoot a short scene.

Who should attend?

Basic Cinematography is suitable for those new to the art and science of cinematography, as well as directors, 1st ADs and camera assistants who want to gain a better understanding of film photography and lighting. It is also suitable for those seeking to refresh their existing knowledge.

Suggested Reading

Cinematography by Kris Malkiewicz and David Mullen
Masters of Light by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato
Film Lighting by Kris Malkiewicz

About the tutor

Zoran Veljkovic was classically trained at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he studied cinematography with leading European film-makers.

Zoran has been working as a Director of Photography since 1985. He has shot films which have won prestigious awards at film festivals around the globe, including America, Italy, Japan and Yugoslavia. He is continuously in demand as a DoP, and has worked with directors such as Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors) on his award-winning film Dangerous Parking. Zoran has shot 6 feature films in addition to numerous shorts, dramas, promos and commercials.

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2 reviews for


Basic Cinematography

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Dear Elliot Grove ,
    I found the course really interesting, with an extraordinary tutor Zoran Veljkovic whose deep knowledge about the magic of light is amazing. Cinema is a question of light!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jon Morby

    An excellent course, presented by a real professional!

    Zoran goes through the basics in a methodical and yet detail fashion ensuring everyone comes away with a solid grounding, ready to become a true alchemist of light!

    Our class was apparently the largest Raindance Zoran had seen, with 23 students – which meant it was a little packed, which also meant Zoran couldn’t spend as much time as he had wanted / we would have liked with everyone on the course and we had to split into two groups for the final 2 day practical.

    That said, the knowledge gained was excellent and I still think the course was great value for money!

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