The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


In this course, students will develop skills and knowledge in cinematography. This will include an examination of the cinematographer's role within a film crew and an understanding of the technical and aesthetic parameters of professional practice in collaborative groups/teams. Through practice, students will develop skills in composition, lighting, exposure, camera placement, monitoring light sources, and framing people and objects for editing together with the safe operation of cameras and equipment. These fundamental techniques will provide an understanding of creative visual storytelling for all communication outputs. Professional practice is informed and contextualised by an overview of the history of cinematography. The course applies these skills and knowledge to single camera field recording and editing techniques applicable to a variety of video codecs, export formats which are common to film, television and digital media practice.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Be able to apply digital cinematography practices and techniques to problems faced by professionals, working in groups and teams in the field of film, television and digital media

2. Have enhanced their understanding of digital cinematography by showing visual compositions which display lens perspective, lighting contrasts, tone and visual montage techniques.

3. Have developed a competent level of familiarity and safe operational proficiency with acquiring moving images that meet a pre-determined narrative and tell a visual story.


Topics covered include:

  1. Functions of the cinematographer, director, gaffer, sound recordist and editor in a digital environment;
  2. Composition and visual storytelling through focus, framing, exposure and lighting;
  3. Using different cameras and lens and safe camera positioning and movement;
  4. Accommodating sound recording for video in multiple environments;
  5. Using a professional video camera in multiple environments where light sources and colour temperatures changes;
  6. Monitoring images in the field and "shooting for the edit";
  7. Video Codecs and export options.


This course replaces CMNS1004. If you have successfully completed CMNS1004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Project: Projects

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).