Cinematic Expression 4-Day Workshop - Florence, Italy 2017
Technical and Creative Elements of Cinematic Eloquence
    Level: Intermediate / Advanced
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Transforming Mind Image into the language of Cinematic Expression in Film and Video.
Through demonstration and hands-on the workshop addresses most important aspect of cinematic expression - the relationship
between Story content and technical / creative Choices for its visual expression.
Dancing with Light Technique  is the methodical approach to realization of creative process and as such an invaluable tool for
Directors and Directors of Photography in their pursuit of self expression. True nature of Artistic Process is in the ability to follow on
preconceived idea - Mind Image - and materializing it with help of tools of cinematography. Lighting from imagination without help of
video monitor is at the core of cinematic expression in film and video. Mind Image is the beginning of creative process as what
remains is to exploit the technical and creative in order to materialize it.

"After years of  teaching and working as cinematographer I noticed many students - once on production set - experience mind block that paralyses their
creative ability. Based on my experience some teachers concentrate on different ideas every class, without addressing the issue of logic that governs  
phenomenon of Light in Nature. As a result student assumes  his / her filmmaking future as realization of  encountered in class situations...  Nothing farther
from the truth.
Understanding of Lighting as an Organic Process  which only simulates the Natural Phenomenon of Light does make one realize that its fundamental
elements are always the same and never change. This makes the approach to Lighting Process simple and straightforward as in its initial stage It is
governed by logic. Never an issue of Where and How to Start and maintain Lighting Continuity regardless of  Lighting Situation.
Creative Lighting is an organic system governed by Logic of Nature, teaching of which starts with first exercise in Mood creation"...

Create, Maintain and Protect your Visual Expression
There seems to be growing apprehension among young generation of digital cinematographers related to supposedly diminishing
level of creative control as "determined" by advances in technology. In live action film making there is no such thing as to create
without physical touching of the Light. It is simply out of this world (cost prohibitive) the notion of planning to manipulate / create the
following elements from within of the RAW / LOG Image and to maintain Light Continuity:
Lighting Contrast - Lighting Ratio - Light Direction / Lighting Style - Quality of Light
"It's in this stone... I just need to bring it out"  Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)   

 Workshop Program - Cinematography and Directing

   Day 1   Elements of Cinematic Expression - Demonstration / Hands on
                             Position, Movement - When, How and Why
                             Optical properties and expressive qualities
                             Depth of  Field - Focal Length, Aperture, Focus Distance
                             Lens choice - cinematic eloquence
                              "Psychological" attributes of Lens in Cinematic Expression
                              Element of Lighting Mood
                              Ambient Light  / Key Light Contrast Ratio - Mood Implication
                              Zone System of  Exposure - Translating of Mind Image - Film and Video
                              Fundamental elements of Cinematic Mood
                              Quality, Direction - Style and Mood relevance
                               Ambient versus Key - Contrast Ratio
                               Key Light Direction - Lighting Style
                   Color -
                                Meaning / Symbolism / Psychology
                                Technical (Visual Spectrum) versus Cultural and Spiritual Attributes
                    Dialogue -
                                 Director / Director of Photography

      Day 2    Camera - Monitor - Lighting - Demonstration / Hands on
                                 Waveform Monitor - Grey Card Placement
                                  Expanded Latitude - Color Gamut / RAW and Log Exposure
                                  Log Gamma versus Film Gamma Characteristic Curve
                                  18% Grey - Meaning and Log Code Value
                     Lighting and Exposure
                                  Light Meter - Incident / Reflected / Spot - Difference (When and Why)
                                   Log Exposure
                                  Elements of Lighting Mood
                     Lighting Contrast - Ambient and Key
                     Lighting Style
                                 Key Light Direction
                      Lighting Setup - Broad versus Narrow - Style relevance - Suspense and Drama
       Day 3    Lighting from Previsualization - Demonstration / Hands on
Filming with professional actors                        
Dancing with Light Technique
                       Creative Lighting - Low Key - Chiaroscuro
                               Advanced Lighting and Exposure Techniques
                                Lighting  from Previsualization / Light Meter
                                Aesthetics and method of Low Key Style
                                Candle Light - Mood,
                                Night Table Light -  Mood
                                Dynamic Range of Zones of Exposure - Detail Control of In-frame Highlight
                                Lighting for Suspense and Drama
                                Value Control of In-Frame Highlight - Dynamic Range of Zones
                   Advanced Lighting from Previsualization -
                            Execution of students ideas - Filming with professional actors
                        Dynamic Lighting for Actor's Block
                              Challenge of Dynamic Low Key - Chiaroscuro
                       Methods of Dynamic Low Key Lighting
            Day 4     Exterior Light Control
                                    Lighting Contrast Control
                                    Lighting Ratio Control
                                     "Reversing sun position"
                                    With the Sun versus Against the Sun
                                    Control of overexposed background

     Its a Wrap ( ! )
                   Certificates and Glass of Chianti in Italian Garden

Reggello is a municipality in the Province of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany, located 20 min drive from Florence.
Divided between the famous hills of Chianti and the beautiful mountains of Pratomagno. Reggello offers a wide natural conformation.
It's famous for extravirgin olive oil and Chianti wine production.
Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore
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Cinema Teatro  Excelsior -
Via  Alighieri 7, 50066 Reggello (FI)
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