Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography,Lucknow


Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 05th to 27th Feb 2019

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, in association with Himalayan Society for Art, Culture, Education, Environment & Film Development (HIMACEEF) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow, announces Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography (20 days) at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1) Dates: 05th to 27th Feb 2019 (excluding Sundays)

(2) Timings: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

(3) No. of participants: 24 (Course will be conducted only if minimum strength of 20 is reached)

(4) Age: Participants must be 18 years or above in age as on 01st Feb 2019

(5) Nationality: Indian

(6) Venue: Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Vidya Vihar, Raebareli Road, Lucknow – 25

(7) Course Fees: Rs 42,000/- per participant (Course fees is inclusive of GST)

(8) Mode of payment: Demand Draft - to be drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Film & TV Institute of India, Pune”, and must be payable at Pune

(9) Last date to apply: 21st Jan 2019 by 4 pm

(10) How to apply: Download application form from website of FTII. Fill – in all details, attach required Demand Draft and send it by speed post/ courier or deliver it in person to

Shri Rajesh Shah,
Pilgrim lodge Compound,
Nainital – 263 001

so as to reach on or before 21st Jan 2019 by 4 pm.”

On envelope of application at top left, write “Application for Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography”. Incomplete applications, applications without required Demand Draft, applications received after due date & time etc will be rejected.

(11) Medium of Instructions: The medium of instruction would be mainly English and partly Hindi. Participants are expected to have adequate knowledge of English and/ or Hindi as regards to reading, writing & speaking.

(12) Selection Criteria: First – Come – First – Served basis. However, course will be conducted only if the minimum strength of 20 participants is reached. Selected candidates would be communicated by email. Course fees of the selected candidates will be non – refundable under any circumstances. Demand Drafts of non–selected candidates would be returned within 07 days.

(13) Certificates: All participants would be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(14) Accommodation: Limited accommodation (on first come first served basis) in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Vidya Vihar, Raebareli Road, Lucknow on double sharing basis is available for the participants on additional lumpsum payment of Rs 5,000/-. This additional payment is to be made in advance in cash on 04th Feb 2019 directly to the University or to HIMACEEF authorities. Interested participants need to intimate the accommodation requirement in the application form without which the same will not be considered. The accommodation will be available from 04th to 28th Feb 2019.
As regards to the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/ coffee), the same is available in the University canteen/ mess on additional payment of approximately Rs 40/- to Rs 50/- per meal. If any other services like laundry etc are opted by the participants, the same will be charged on at actual basis by the University to the participants.
Participants need to assure general decency, decorum etc on the University campus and room allotment may be cancelled if same is not followed. All rights in this regard are reserved with the University management.

(15) Queries: For any queries contact following persons;
(i) Ms Shalini Shah – 9410544524 or Mr Rajesh Shah – 9411344136,
(ii) At FTII, Pune: Prof. Sandeep Shahare – 9923242654,


The course will have daily around 01 hour of theory, around 06 hours of practical & around 01 hour of preview of exercises and discussion. The course will cover the language of cinema that a cinematographer should know. The course will be around the following points;

Introductory Modules covering basics of Digital Cinematography

1.        Role of the Cinematographer

2.       Cinematographer’s team

3.       Explanation of what is a FRAME, SHOT, SCENE what impact does it have

4.       Visual Composition 

5.      Action Continuity

6.      Camera Angles

7.      Types of Camera movements, their need and impact 

8.      Imaginary line / camera axis 

9.      Nature of light and light measurement,

10.    Colour temperature

11.    Photographic Lamps and fixtures, Light controls,

12.    Photographic Filters (CTB, CTO and ND)

13.    Exposure Control – iris, ISO and light level,

14.    Subject and Lighting Contrast (Ratio/Portraiture Lighting)

15.     Importance of background lighting;

16.     Lenses (I) Focal length, Aperture, Depth of field

17.     Lenses(II) Depth of Focus, Back-focus,

18.     Digital Camera (I) –basic functions and controls – viewfinder, zebra, low light, auto/ manual iris, auto/manual focus, white balance, ISO settings

19.      Lenses(III) Visual Perspective,

20.      Digital Camera (II) – Gain, Shutter, Pedestal, Details

21.      Matching Indoors with Out-doors,

22.      Digital Camera (III) – Gamma, Black Stretch, DCC, Dynamic Range, HDR

23.      Digital Camera (IV) –  Sensor – Size & Type, Pixel Size, A/D conversion, Color sampling

24.      Signal Quality (signal to noise ratio)

25.      Lighting Moving Characters

26.      Photographic film and Motion Picture Camera

27.      Lighting Specular objects

28.      Source Lighting 

29.      Lighting continuity

30.      Interview techniques – EFP lighting,

31.      Colour Correction, Grading, Timing

Practical: Lighting & Camera Operations 

1.    Composing for different  shots – images sizes

2.    Shooting a 4 shot exercise (silent, single character) – following the principles of matching action from shot to shot.  Exercises to be edited and previewed

3.    Shooting a 6 shot exercise(silent, single character) – following the principles of matching action from shot to shot and imaginary line, Exercises to be edited and previewed

4.    Shooting a 8 shot exercise (silent, two characters) – following the principles of matching action from shot to shot and imaginary line,  Exercises to be edited and previewed.

5.    Demonstration of High-end cameras, lighting tools, light meter, 3 point lighting

6.   Lighting portraiture - ratio lighting – using light meter

7.  Matching indoors with outdoors

8.    Lighting Moving character

9.  Lighting specular object

10. Source lighting , camera operation exercises on track trolley

11.  Lighting for a scene – maintaining lighting continuity

12.  Colour correction
             These are broad indicative topics and may vary 

(17) COURSE DIRECTOR: Shri Ajmal Jami

Ajmal Jami is a practising professional in the field of visual communication with a diverse range of work. His body of work, as a cinematographer, spread across three decades, has garnered awards and spanned the range from hard news often in conflict areas to documentaries, fiction, soft features and shows.

Last as head of department - camera at NDTV, he helmed the camera team for a decade and was part of core team responsible for visual content.

He has held workshops on different aspects of Television programming and film making. His latest work is for a 62 min documentary produced by Films Division on Baba Farid, the mystic revered by Muslims and Sikhs alike, which is to be released on February 1 , 2019.

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