Cinematography, considered by many to be the seventh art, is about the production of images in displacement.
Cinematography comes from the Greek, kimena means movement and spelling to record, so it literally means the recording of movement. This recording is usually made using film or digital images, usually by the hand of a video camera. Cinematography is closely related to the discipline of photography, as both involve technical difficulties, as well as a large number of possibilities for creating art with the camera.
The Cinematography career is related to other careers such as Film and Television, Audiovisual Arts, Filmmaking, Film Directing, Film and Television Directing, Film and Television Production, etc. Depending on which branch of cinematography interests you, you can choose between one career or another.
What is studied in the Bachelor of Cinematography?
In the Bachelor of Cinematography and all the careers related to this discipline, everything about the creation of moving images is studied. Therefore, this career includes subjects such as documentary, narrative and scenic expression, cinematographic language, Direction, Sound, Editing, Post-production, Screenplay, Realization, Editing, etc.
What tasks does a cinematographer perform at work?
The tasks of a cinematographer will depend on the hierarchical order where they are, since in the world of cinematography there are different professionals involved: the most important of all is the Director of photography or cinematographer, then there is the cameraman or camera operator, The one who follows in descending order in the hierarchy is the illuminator or the first camera assistant and, lastly, the clapperboard player or the second camera assistant.
The cinematographer is the one in charge of all technical questions about the image and works together with the film director. Cinematographers are usually in charge of cameramen, illuminators, and clapperboard players. The cameramen, for their part, operate the camera and compose the shot. The camera assistants or focusers are those who organize, review and ensure the correct operation of the camera and those who distribute the depth of field in a plane. Finally, the second camera assistant or clapperboard player is in charge of placing the clapperboard in front of the camera when recording begins.
Advantages of studying Cinematography
The biggest advantage of studying cinematography is that you can get your creativity flowing to the max. Most of the people who study this career are creative people and in this profession they can exploit all their creative capacity, producing works to the delight of people and entire societies. Being an art, it is an open discipline, without strict rules or routines to follow, therefore, a cinematographer has the freedom to create the works they want, in the way they want. On the other hand, a good cinematographer can receive a high economic remuneration, in addition to the reputation in the world of cinema. Once you have such a reputation, you will most likely have constant job offers.
Disadvantages of studying Cinematography
One of the first disadvantages of studying this career is that it is studies that are usually expensive in general. In addition, it is not easy to get recognized as a cinematographer so you have to work hard to get it.
Where to study Cinematography?
In Argentina, there are different careers related to cinematography: Bachelor’s Degree in Filmmaking, Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television, Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Arts, etc. Among the most prominent institutions to study any of these degrees are: University of Buenos Aires, National University of La Plata, National University Institute of Art, National School of Cinematographic Experimentation and Realization, Institute of Cinematographic Art of Avellaneda, National University of Avellaneda , School of Audiovisual Media of Lomas de Zamora, University of Cinema Foundation, Center for Cinematographic Research, etc.
In Spain There are many universities where you can study cinematography, among them, Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), In Barcelona: Center for Cinematographic Studies of Catalonia (CECC), the University of Barcelona (UB) offers a degree in Film and Audiovisual Media , University of Navarra, School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid (ECAM), Complutense University of Madrid, Pompeu Fabra University, CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Septima Ars, Instituto RTVE, Escuela Superior de Artes Cinematográfica de Galicia ( EGACI), Basque Country Film School (ECPV), University of La Laguna, University of Malaga, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Madrid Film Institute, etc.
In Brazil This career can be studied at the Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Universidade da Amazônia, Fundación Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), etc.
In Colombia, the career is called Bachelor of Film or Bachelor of Film and Television, it is taught by universities such as the Augustinian University, Unitec, National University, Black María School, National Film School, Zone Five, etc. This degree has an average duration of 9 and 8 semesters, depending on the school where it is studied.
In Mexico: The degree lasts around four years and the institutions to study it are: Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográfica, ARTE7, Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers (here they offer an intensive Cinematography career with a duration of one year) , the Universidad Veracruzana offers the Diploma in Cinema, the Escuela Veracruzana de Cine Luis Buñol offers the Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography, Westbridge University, INDI Center for Cinematographic Studies (offers an intensive career in Cinematography with a duration of two years), Center for Studies in Communication Sciences, Center, etc. There are also institutions where courses, workshops, and diplomas are given about this discipline: Golem Producciones, Serguei Eisenstein Russian Mexican Institute, Lumiere Cinematographic Institute, In Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, etc.