The creatives industry has a lot of career opportunities that are overlooked due to lack of information and assistance from individuals that are already in the field. We have decided to put together a comprehensive guide to explain some of the important aspects of this field and help you get started on your journey towards becoming a cinematographer.
What is cinematography?
In simple terms it refers to all the elements that makes up the visual storytelling of a production. This can be a short film, commercial advertisement, documentary or any video based production that wants to capture the hearts of the people. There's various subdivisions that works to make the whole concept come to life and we have reviewed a couple of those careers below.
The importance of cinematographers
Without these people the whole narrative and story would be lost in between the lines of achieving a good production or a mediocre one that is dependent on what the cast wants to do. They are there to make sure that whatever the final product is, looks good on the screens and is worth the time and money for people to actually watch that particular film.
What are their responsibilities
As aforementioned, cinematographers are the brains behind the visual elements. This means that they work on the lighting, camera and framing. They work hand in hand with the director to ensure that all elements come together beautifully.
— The setup of the camera and shots are very important to bring the scenes and emotions to life.
— Poor lighting is evident from productions that don't have a cinematographer on standby to create an atmospheric transition between scenes.
— Choosing the location for different scenes based on what the director wants to achieve.
How to get started
There are tons of institutions and colleges across the country that offers a wide range of courses in cinematography - that's where you should begin to earn the credibility and exposure that you will need to become successful in this field.
— Enquire with any institution that offers such courses and ask about their application process and time frame to complete the courses.
— Do take note that such creative fields may suffer from financial assistance exclusion from NSFAS. You have to also enquire with them to find out if they fund such courses or not.
That brings us to the end of our article, we really hope you've found it useful. Do let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions. Remember to follow us for more informative articles like this one published daily.
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