Cinematography I

Session Summary

Last session we discussed mise-en-scene (what is being filmed). This session we turn our attention to the other element that makes up a "shot:" cinematography. Cinematography refers to what goes on with the camera during a shot -- i.e. how it is filmed. We will look at camera positions, framing, and movement and consider the implications of different choices of film stock (or video) and aspect ratio.

Assignment Due for this Session

Watch the following sequence from Goodfellas (dir. Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990) and describe as precisely as possible what is going on with the camera. Pay particular attention to how the camera moves. Comment below.