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Cinematography – Pathway for Digital Filmmaking

“We are writing stories with light and darkness, motion and colours. It is a language with its own vocabulary and unlimited possibilities for expressing our inner thoughts and feelings.” - Vittorio Storaro




This pathway is envisioned to create technically competent cinematographers, who are reflective and critical about their practice. The course lays a strong emphasis on hands-on practice in a variety of digital formats, contextualized by understanding visual culture. Learners are enabled to design and light a visual framework for a particular project. This pathway is constructed around understanding cinematographic practice and workflow in the new environment of digital image making.


Exit Criteria


At the end of year 1 students will:

  • Acquire a holistic understanding of the larger filmic production process
  • Interpret the history of the moving image and sound
  • Apply various technical and creative elements of film practice at an introductory level across the domains of direction, cinematography, sound, editing, screenplay writing and production
  • Manage the roles and duties of a production crew in terms of co-ordination, delegation and task breakup


At the end of year 2 students will:

  • Choose appropriate camera tools and techniques to visually treat a given scenario
  • Understand the relationship between lens, space, actor and camera movement
  • Identify and demonstrate the key elements of different lighting methods
  • Colour correct to accentuate and enhance a story


At the end of year 3 students will:

  • Be proficient in the ideation, research, treatment & visualization of a visual design across different genres of media and delivery formats
  • Consolidate key cinematography tools and techniques through working in real world projects
  • Demonstrate capability to work independently on a wide range of complex film projects



Cinematography - Employment Opportunities

After 1st year

3rd Camera Assistant/ News Cameraperson/ NGO Documentary

After 2nd year

2nd Camera Assistant/ Gaffer/Grip/ Documentary Cameraperson

After 3rd year

1st Camera Assistant / Cinematographer – Independent Film /Documentary/TV/ NGO/ Corporate /Advertisement /Product /Training