Cinematography: Introduction to Composition and Camera Movement

Throughout these lessons, we'll delve into the key concepts and techniques of composition and camera movement.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 18, 2015
Duration
36m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 18, 2015
Duration
36m
Description

Throughout these lessons, we'll delve into the key concepts and techniques of composition and camera movement. We'll start by learning about the "frame" and the terminology used when speaking about composition on set or with other creatives. Next, we'll be learning about the tripod, dolly, and crane. We'll be learning how each different "camera support" moves the camera and the terminology associated with it. By the end, we'll have learned some important fundamentals of cinematography that are useful for live-action and virtual/CG filmmaking.

About the author
About the author

Matt Workman is a cinematographer based out of New York City. He specializes in previs, motion control, and virtual production. He has shot commercials for brands like Google, Facebook, BMW, and more. You can see his work online on his website.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
(upbeat music) Hi everyone, my name is Matt Workman. I'm a freelance Cinematographer and my latest projects include commercials for Facebook, Google and BMW. In this course we're going to learn the fundamentals of composition and camera movement. Some of the key takeaways from watching this course include understanding aspect ratio and the rule of thirds. Learning about the different types of shot sizes like Wide shots, Medium, and Close Up. Understanding and identifying the three main reasons that film makers move the camera, and finally taking a look at the camera tripod, the camera dolly, and the camera crane. We're going to be looking at each one of those individually, looking at how they move the camera, and then looking at a couple example shots of each one. By the end of the training you'll have been introduced to the fundamental concepts of both Composition and Camera Movement. I'm excited to share these tips and techniques with you, so let's get started with the first lesson.