|"It's in this stone... I just need to bring it out" Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
Our Cinematography Training is unique in that it covers both, Technical and Artistic aspects of Cinematic Expression.
Program consists of Lectures, Demos and hands-on with Light and Camera.
Main purpose of cinematography workshops is to demonstrate methodology of Creative Process in Cinematic Expression through
exploration of technical and artistic potential of Tools of Cinematography and to demonstrate and practice application of classic Film
Lighting method in the environment of RAW and LOG Exposure in Digital Cinematography.
Cinematic Expression is an artisan-like process involving hands and mind of cinematographer. Fundamental elements of visual
narration - Mood / Lighting Ratio / Exposure Ratio / Light Quality / Light Direction (to name the few) can not be "whisked out" from
within Raw unless they have been put in there by cinematographer.
Our cinematography training addresses specifics of classic techniques of narrative cinematic expression in film and its application in
digital cinematography. Cinematic Expression just like any creative process relies on materialization of an idea. In film as well as in
digital cinematography it happens by lighting with Light Meter rather than by improvising with Video Monitor.
Once cinematographer enters the Floor it is about execution of the preconceived idea using hands and mind of his / her and all the
people of the production crew. Unfortunately, none of the basic and fundamental elements of cinematic expression can be created
in post-production. (Never mind the "secret" that real challenge is in the question of "When and Why" rather then "How").
Engaging in true nature of creative process in Narrative Digital Cinematography requires going back to basics of Film Lighting and
Film Exposure and understanding of the effects that Expanded Latitude of LOG / RAW Exposure has on distribution of encoded
values of luminance.
Dancing with Light technique leads to developing of one's personal style in cinematic expression.
Seeing in one's mind and ability to "bring it out" (Michelangelo) without help of video monitor constitutes creative process in
Cinematic Expression. "Dancing with Light" is an invaluable tool for Directors and Cinematographers in their pursuit of artistic
In reference to the quality of artistic merit in cinematic expression:
The issue of "What" is given in the script pages. It remains to relate to It with Choices where artistic validity of which answer the
question of "Why" (?).
At Light Extreme Cinematography Workshops we do aspire to make contribution to student's sense of eloquence in Cinematic
Expression. Anyone with desire to enter the "realm of beyond" in cinematic expression is encouraged to apply.
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