Cinematography is the art or techniques of motion picture photography. The role of the cinematographer (or Director of Photography) is to determine all the visual elements; they make every creative choice related to composition, lighting, and camera motion, and anything that audiences can see in a given shot. They make decisions on everything from color to depth-of-field (how much of the shot is in focus and how much is blurry), to speed of a zoom, to the positioning of people and objects within any given frame.
In this Cinematography 101 workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of cinematography and the conventions of transmitting meaning and emotion with the visual elements of storytelling. This course will focus on the composition of the image inside the frame with reference to video. Using a combination of examples from cinema history and camera exercises, cinematography will be explored through colour, exposure, camera movement, perspective, shutter speed, scale + framing, depth of field, focus, and frame rate. We will view and discuss how these elements affect your shots.
Roger D. Wilson is an independent filmmaker based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Roger received a Degree in Film Production in 1993 from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since receiving his degree Roger has lived and worked in Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa and has held a variety of positions in the film industry including cinematographer, lighting technician, lighting & grip co-ordinator at William F. White International Inc and Technical Director at The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa. Roger started off his film career working in the lighting and grip department and has held positions on variety of mainstream productions as a lighting technician, ranging from CBC's North of 60 series to the American television series Lonesome Dove. Roger now offers Cinematography services to the local independent film scene in Ottawa.