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Cinematography

Cinematography is one of the most important aspects of making any Motion Picture, Television show, Documentaries, Advertisement, Music Video etc. Cinematographers are probably the most important people that work to create motion pictures. Without these professionals, moving images would not be captured and there would be no motion picture. While shooting a moving picture, a Cinematographer will usually need to work out which angles will work out best for each scene. Typically, the angles that a Cinematographer shoots from will be determined by several different factors, including lighting and action, along with the Director’s vision. In many cases, a Cinematographer will shoot the same seem from several different angles.

These professionals, however, never work alone. Apart from the Director they collaborate with several other motion picture professionals like Actors, Set Designers, lighting Technicians, Make-up Artist during the filming of a movie or a scene.

Cinematography involves the use of special cameras to capture moving images. When these moving pictures first captured the world at the beginning of the 20th century, this was accomplished by capturing several different still images and showing them in rapid succession. Today, however, the majority of Cinematographers rely on digital technology. Some Cinematographers do still use physical film, though, but usually only when they are trying to create a certain look or mood for a Motion Picture.

Where does a Cinematographer work?

The majority of Cinematographers start their Cinematography careers at the bottom and work their way up. For example, they may start working as an assistant to a more experienced Cinematographer or Director of Photography. Some may even be able to land a gig as the primary Cinematographer on low budget Motion Picture productions. As they gain more experience, Directors and Producers may start considering them for positions with more responsibility as well as higher budget productions.

Working on a Motion Picture isn’t the only option for those interested in a cinematography career. As a Freelancer they can work in TV Serial, Fashion & Modeling shoot, News, AD Film, Music Video, Documentary, Corporate Film, On Line Event etc.

Different Television Channels (News, GEC), Television Programme Production houses, Advertising agencies and Event Management Companies hire Cinematographers.

What is the average Salary of a Cinematographer?

A Cinematographer’s income depends upon his creative skill and amount of success he gets commercially with his work. Talented and experienced Cinematographers, for instance, will usually be able to command higher salaries. A cinematographer’s salary will also usually be determined by his location as well as which industry he’s in. It differs from Tollywood to Bollywood.

In India, a Cinematographer who has just joined the industry is paid Rs. 2,00,000 – 3,00,000 per year. As the Cinematographer becomes more experienced, his/her salary rises to Rs. 5,00,000 – 6,00,000 a year. The salary also depends upon the project on which the Cinematographer is working on. Freelance Cinematographers can earn anywhere between Rs. 4,000 - 10,000 or more per day. For those experienced hands, sky is the limit.

Course Fees : Rs. 30,000/-
Course Duration : 1 year (2 Semester)
Class Schedule : 3 days per week
Project : Individual Film
Contractual Assignment : Different Fiction & Non-Fiction TV Programmes, TV Commercials, Music Video, Still Ads etc

Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology” [Ken Rockwell]

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