Cinematography Technique Course


FilmSkills Cinematography Technques Course
  • 3-month course
  • 12-lessons
  • 3 hours, 2 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Working Inside the Box - How to Make the Most of Your Frame
Cinematographers can drench the entire world in sadness, leave characters in a haze of confusion and even show us the manic feelings of a first love. Cinematography isn’t just about understanding the techniques of lighting or effectively using the lens, but the art of how to craft the image within the frame.  Designed for both directors and cinematographers, the FilmSkills Cinematography Technique Course teaches you how to craft the details of the frame such as the actors’ eye lines, shot types, and composition.  Learn the differences between film and video, as well as analog and digital, before delving deeper into the frame itself from aspect ratio conversions to maintaining screen direction.
Beautifully taught on set by Emmy and Oscar-award winning filmmakers, you will learn the techniques used by working professionals so you can enhance the look of your own productions in the FilmSkills Cinematography Techniques Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Cinematography Technique Course process.

Film vs. Video

Learn the differences between shooting on film versus shooting on digital video.

Analog vs. Digital

Learn the differences between the analog and digital video signals.

The Frame
Identify and work with different aspect ratios, manage conversions from film to HD, NTSC to HD, title safe requirements, and how various aspect ratios are adjusted for different exhibition and broadcast formats.
Shot Types
Learn the intricacies of framing, the basic shot types, advanced variations on these shot types, how to quickly communicate your vision to the cinematographer, and the emotional responsive invoked by various shot types.

Learn compositional techniques including the rule of thirds, how the great painters used mathematical principals like the golden ratio to create the perfectly composed images, how to balance line, color, and shape, and then how to break these rules.

Framing People
Learn techniques for framing people from lead room to headroom, how networks and major studios influence framing choices of their programs, how to use single and dirty shots to convey connection or distance between characters, and how directors and cinematographers decide on common guidelines for each production.
Learn how to choose the best eyeline, directing techniques for ideal camera placement, how to overcome challenges when working with visual effects, and how to fine tune actor’s eyelines within mere inches to achieve the desired emotional impact.
Creating Depth

Learn techniques for crafting foreground, midground, and background elements, how to manage depth or flatness as a narrative tool, techniques used in network television shows to cheat depth, and the ways the camera lens can affect depth.

Using a Monitor
Production monitors are used on practically every set.  In this module you will learn how to properly calibrate a production monitor to ensure that the image you see on screen is what is actually being recorded.
Using a Clapboard

Learn how to properly use one of the most iconic tools in the film industry.

Filmmaker's Toolkit
Learn how to create a kit with the necessary tools, gadgets, and gizmos to help your set run smoothly and make you look like a hero when Murphy’s Law strikes.


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Bruce Block

Producer, "The Holiday,” "Something's Gotta Give,” "What Women Want,” and Author of "The Visual Story"

Blain Brown

Cinematographer, Author, "Cinematography: Theory and Practice" and "Motion Picture and Video Lighting"

Laura Beth Love

Cinematographer, "Zen and the Art of Senioritis", and "Little Magdeline"

David Stump, ASC

Academy Award and Emmy-winning cinematographer, "A Quantum of Solace", "Flight Plan", "Fantastic Four", and "X-Men"

Larry Jordan

Award-winning post-production trainer and a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America

Bethany Rooney

Critically acclaimed Director, "Brothers and Sisters", "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives", and "Private Practice"

Stephen Campanella

Emmy-Winning Producer "Underdogs", "The World Without US", and "Your Money Your Future"

Lance Fisher S.O.C.

Camera Operator, "House M.D.", "Blade: Trinity", "The Shield"

Jeff Cree

Emmy-winning cameraman, digital technologies specialist

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

"The level and quality of the information here is well-worth the price tag, and a determined student could possibly absorb the modules in a month or two. That is an astonishing value."