Cinematic Expression 4-Day Workshop - Florence, Italy 2017
Technical and Creative Elements of Cinematic Expression
    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.

"Understanding of Lighting as simulation of Natural Phenomena of Light does make one realize that its fundamental elements are always the same and never
change. Creative Lighting is an organic system governed by Logic of Nature, teaching of which starts with first exercise in Mood Creation..
Prerequisite required - Imagination"  

Create, Maintain and Protect your Visual Expression

There is no cinematic expression without touching the Light. It seems like the notion of creating out of RAW becomes a DIT's mantra  where
some of them argue on the side of the software potential. The misfortune of the ambitious ones claiming to express while sitting on the couch
is in the fact that most of them do not distinguish between the following:
Contrast Ratio / Lighting Ratio / Light Direction / Lighting Style / Light Quality - and the role these play in Cinematic Mood creation and that it is
impossible to create any of those element with the software... Unless we convince Producer that He/She would be better off presenting the
idea in the form of Animated Production.
"It's in this stone... I just need to bring it out"  Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)   

    Workshop Program

Day 1   Elements of Cinematic Expression - Demonstration / Hands on
    Camera - Position, Movement - When, How and Why
    Lens - Optical properties and expressive qualities
    Depth of  Field - Focal Length, Aperture, Focus Distance
    Lens choice - cinematic eloquence
    "Psychological" attributes of Lens Focal Length choices
    Exposure - Translating of Mind Image - Film and Video
    Lighting - Fundamental elements of Cinematic Mood
    Quality, Direction - Style and Mood relevance
    Ambient  / Key - Contrast Ratio
    Key Light Direction - Lighting Style
    Color -Meaning / Symbolism / Psychology
    "Lost in Translation" Dialogue - Director / Director of Photography

Day 2   Camera - Monitor - Lighting - Demonstration / Hands on
    Waveform Monitor - Grey Card Placemen
    Expanded Latitude - Color Gamut / RAW and Log Exposure
    RAW -LOG - REC 709
    Lighting for LOG - ISO Determination
    Log Gamma versus Film Gamma Characteristic Curve
    18% Grey - Meaning and Log Code Value - Placement within Latitude
    Factors determining choice of Camera  ISO / ASA
    Lighting and Exposure
    Light Meter - Incident / Reflected / Spot - Difference (When and Why)
    Log Exposure
    Lighting Setup - Broad versus Narrow - Style relevance - Suspense and Drama
Day 3   Lighting from Previsualization - Demonstration / Hands on
    Filming Scene with actors                        
    Dancing with Light Technique
    Creative Lighting - Low Key - Chiaroscuro
    Advanced Lighting and Exposure - Lighting  from Previsualization / Light Meter
    Aesthetics and method of Low Key Sty
    Candle Light - Mood / Night Table Light -  Mood
    Value Control of In-Frame Highlight - Dynamic Range of Zone
    Dynamic Lighting for Actor's Block and Cam Movement
    Challenge of Dynamic Low Key - Chiaroscuro

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
Recommended place to stay: Villa Olena...

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