Six Scenes Cinematographers Must Know

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'There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.'
- Conrad Hall, ASC


To all emerging Cinematographers, we present our Cinematic Litmus Test.

AFTRS Open believes that anyone who is looking to accept work and make a living as a Cinematographer MUST be familiar with the shooting of six key scenes:

  1. Dining table with dialogue
  2. Firelight/candle light/storm & lightning
  3. Simple green screen with basic VFX
  4. In car dialogue with simulated travel
  5. Love scene
  6. Fight scene

These six scenes are found in almost all film & TV scripts, and Directors Of Photography are expected to effectively - and quickly - rally their teams to make these areas of the script come to life.

Over five intensive days us in the AFTRS professional studios for the tips and tricks you need to know to successfully plan, light and shoot these commonly found scenarios.

About the tutor:

With over forty five years experience in the Film and Television industry Louis Irving ACS has shot some of our best television drama including the early series of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Love My Way, Tangled, Water Rats, Bastard Boys, The Falls, and many more.

He was awarded a Gold ACS award for his work on the Australian feature film Mushrooms and nominated for an AFI for Love My Way. in 1989 he shot the US feature film Communion for director Philippe Mora. He began his career as a camera operator on the seminal Australian films Newsfront, My Brilliant Career and Heatwave.

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