Cinematography Basics: Understanding Filmmaking Style

Zak Mulligan, Cinematographer

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:40
    • 2. Today's Scene

      5:58
    • 3. Inspiration

      4:54
    • 4. Cinema's "Visual Language" Toolkit

      3:50
    • 5. Making a Shot List

      6:02
    • 6. The Scene: Breakdown with Shot List

      3:18
    • 7. The Scene: Commentary

      3:07
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About This Class

Join cinematographer Zak Mulligan for a 30-minute exploration into the basic cinematic tools and choices that make a film magical and compelling. This is the foundation for understanding filmmaking style.

In the middle of creating your own short film? Eager to level up your production value? Or even just curious what goes on "behind the curtain" to give a feature film that artistic look and feel? The answer is in cinematography: the style of your film.

Zak shares:

  • key considerations for cinematography — tactics for manipulating mood, tone, and feel
  • tactical tips for creating a shot list  — the key to organizing your cinematic details
  • exclusive "commentary" narration of a real scene from the feature film Obselidia

All of these things will help you demystify the "visual language" behind film so that you can communicate your vision through your own film and photography. You'll leave empowered to experiment with effects and techniques on your next project, bringing together artistry, story, and style.

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Note: This class is intended to provide inspiration and core concepts for late beginner filmmakers and those curious about filmmaking. It is not a comprehensive tutorial in making short films; supplementary Skillshare classes are provided in the resources to provide additional background knowledge.