The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


In this course, students will develop skills and knowledge in cinematography through an exploration of the cinematographer's role in a film crew and an understanding of the technical and aesthetic parameters of professional practice in collaborative groups/teams. Building on fundamental techniques, this course will provide an understanding of creative visual storytelling in cinematic form and is informed and contextualised by an overview of the history of cinematography. Students will learn single camera recording skills, editing techniques, and the application of video codecs and export formats appropriate for film, television and digital media delivery.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CMNS1005. Students who have successfully completed CMNS1005 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS2005.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply digital cinematography practices and techniques in short video productions;

2. Demonstrate digital cinematography skills through selection of visual compositions using lens perspective, lighting contrasts, tone and visual montage techniques;

3. Display safe operational procedures when shooting short video productions;

4. Display proficiency in acquiring moving images that tell a visual story and meet a pre-determined narrative.


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 image capture systems 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 change;
  6. Monitoring images in the field and "shooting for the edit";
  7. Video Codecs and export options.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production.

Assessment items

Project: Light & shadow video project - 15%

Project: Moving subject video project - 15%

Project: Interview video project -25%

Project: Short film project with production paperwork - 45%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 1