Cinematography Basics: Understanding Filmmaking Style

Zak Mulligan, Cinematographer

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Today's Scene

    • 3. Inspiration

    • 4. Cinema's "Visual Language" Toolkit

    • 5. Making a Shot List

    • 6. The Scene: Breakdown with Shot List

    • 7. The Scene: Commentary

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Project Description

Share a shot list for a 15-second film.



The goal of this class is to inspire you to use visual language tools to improve your next short film. I want to see you experiment! The shot list is a helpful place to organize what works and what you want to see. It's a good place to start before filming your scene.

Feel free to download my shot list form, or use your own. The idea is to use whatever is most helpful!

Not working on a film right now? Get creative. Create a shot list for the scene from your favorite novel or even a podcast!



Feel free to use the format of my Obselidia shotlist here.

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