The unit explores the area of cinematography through practical workshops, in the areas of visual storytelling, camera operation and movement, lighting, exposure and measurement. Students are provided the opportunity to undertake practice that reflects industry practice and standards. Underpinning the practical focus is an emphasis on the theoretical knowledge and critical thinking associated with the field of cinematography.

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ACM1006 - Digital Sound and Video

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the various aspects and techniques associated with cinematography  
  2. Compose videos that utilises various cinematography techniques  
  3. Experiment with the implementation of cinematography lighting techniques  
  4. Coordinate the planning required for professional cinematography  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Analysis of applied cinematography techniques 15%
Creative Works Minor cinematography exercise 35%
Creative Works Major cinematography exercise 50%

Required reading

In addition to the required text, additional reading materials will be provided on VU Collaborate.

Cinematography: Theory and Practice 3
Blain Brown/2016
New York/Routledge

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