Cinematic Expression 4-Day Workshop - Reggello, Italy September 2018
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.

    "I notice many students - once on a production set - experience a mind block that paralyses their creative ability. Some film school instructors concentrate on
    different ideas every class, without addressing the issue of logic of Light in Nature.  After all, everything we try to create with lighting on the set, is just an
    infantile simulation of what Mother Nature presents us with from before of our beginning (no political pun intended)... Understanding of the phenomena of
    natural Light and the fact that it follows the logic governed by Nature, makes Lighting on the set simple and straightforward.
    Creative Lighting on the Set is an organic system governed by Logic, learning of which starts with the first exercise in Lighting Mood "... Janusz  

    There seems to be a growing apprehension among younger digital cinematographers about supposedly diminishing level of creative
    control due to advances in technology. Enough to say, that just like there is no painting without touching of the brush, there is no
    creative cinematography without physical touching of Light:  
    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)   

Cinematic Expression for Cinematographers and Directors

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
                             "Day for Night"

  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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Recommended place to stay at beautiful
Villa Olena...

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Workshop Dates:

Oct 7 - Oct 10, 2018   

Oct 21 - Oct 24, 2018