Cinematography Fundamentals

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

The cinematographer is responsible for all the visual elements of a film. He or she makes every creative choice related to composition, lighting, and camera motion—anything that audiences can see in a given shot. Whether you are interested in directing or shooting, this lecture-based class will give you a solid understanding of the elements of cinematography. Topics include: film and video formats, focus and depth of field, filters, natural and practical lighting, and shooting for editing.


The Camera Theory workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this class. Cinematography Fundamentals is a prerequisite to Intermediate Cinematography.



Robin Lupita Bain began her career at the National Film Board of Canada and has been actively involved in the film industry for more than thirty years. From internationally recognized documentary films to a variety of independent productions, Robin’s experiences have ranged from: director, cinematographer, researcher, visual effects, and teacher. As a documentary cinematographer, Robin has gained recognition for her creative vision; whether it be hunting narwhales in the North or fighting the revolution with guerrilla forces in the South. Robin has taught cinematography in both creative and technical approaches with various institutions such as the C.S.C. and the D.F.I. She has won photographic awards and her collage art has been exhibited in various galleries.