What is Cinematography?
Cinematography literally means to record with motion/movement.
It relates to the lighting and camera choices made when recording photographic images for the screen.
Cinematographer or DoP
The term cinematographer (Director of Photography) is derived from cinema photographer, and means someone who photographs with moving film. The cinematographer is responsible for capturing the film image as required by the script, under supervision of the director. They work in close co-ordination with the director in various aspects of film making right from selection of location, lighting, type of lens to be used etc to create a consistent look for the images.
If you have the vision and the desire to be able to communicate via the film medium, then this is a career for you.
- An in-depth knowledge of camera functions, lenses & lighting.
- An understanding of photographic composition and design.
- Computer skills.
- Thirst for learning new techniques.
- Excellent Team Management skills.
Pros and Cons
Lot of Travel opportunities.
Exciting and Challenging projects.
Long & irregular working hours.
Demanding work environment.
Need to upgrade constantly.
Institutions for Learning
- Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
- Government Film and Television Institute, Bengaluru
- Mindscreen Film Institute, Chennai
- L.V.Prasad Film and Televison Academy, Chennai
- Whistling Woods International Institute, Mumbai. The Institute also has affiliations with global film schools.
- M.G.R Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai
- Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television, Bengaluru
- Zee Institute of Media Arts, Mumbai