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Course Code: 
RTC 312
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Course Objectives: 
It is an introductory course introducing aesthetic approaches and technical elements used by cinematographers in the production of a motion picture.
Course Content: 

Directing of photography is the most important unit which heightens the visual quality of a film and gives it a distinguishing place among others. This course will provide for the needs of the students who aim to be a director of photography and will also improve their skills in practice. This course is based on bringing together the technical knowledge and creativity regarding the problems of the visualization in film making. Therefore, such subjects as lighting sources, lighting styles, lenses, framing, and camera movements and putting all of them together will be covered in the course.

Course Methodology: 
1- Lecture, 2 Interactive Lecture, 11: Seminar, 12: Groupwork14: Laboratory, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
C: Assignment, E: Project/Design

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) How the main technical tools of cinema are used creatively in the art of cinema. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 1, 2, 11, 12, 14 C, E
2) While watching a movie work, analyze and interpret the visual elements of the work from a critical perspective. 1, 7, 8 1, 2, 11 C, E
3) Evaluates the effect of the image on film styles with an objective perspective. 1, 7, 8 1, 2, 11, 15 C, E
4) The powers and responsibilities of the cinematographer from the pre-production stage of a film production to the screening. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 15 C, E
5) How to design, construct, apply and present the whole visual of a cinema production considering the universal criteria. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 15 C, E

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course: meeting. Explanations and information about the semester content. Getting to know students
2 Who is cinematographer? What does it do? What are the limits of authoity responsibility?

What is light? How is it spread? The nature of light.

What is a camera? How does it work? Camera and light relationship.

Assignment announcement: Storytelling with 10 frames (following the axle rule and golden ratio)

Expression by associating with examples
3 Evaluation of scenarios and illustrated drafts and interviews. 10 frames- homework
4 What is perspective? Applied representation. Introduction to Art History


Treatment, storyboard evaluation and interviews.

Monitoring of homeworks &

Creating groups

5 The relationship between light and camera in cinematography Workshop
6 What is Long Shot and why is it important for cinematography? examination with examples
7 What is the color? Metaphorically use in cinema art examination with examples
8 Midterm Watching “ Behind The Scenes”
9 Presentation of the films to be shot as Long Shot Pitching
10 The importance of editing in cinematography (jump-cut, match-cut, cross-cut, whip-pan, flashback…) Workshop
11 Importance of Axle Rule and Golden Ratio Rule for correct composition examination with examples
12 Discussion and evaluation of film assignments. Accurate choreography in Long Sequence shots Expression by associating with example
13 Discussion and evaluation of film assignments. Space and frame harmony, Art Direction Workshop
14 The relationship between sound and camera in cinematography Workshop
15 Discussion and evaluation of film assignments. Post production
16 Final Watching the Long–Sequence films

Recommended Sources

Textbook "Lighting For Film And Television", Gerald Millerson / Focal Press,

"Cinematography- Theory and Practice", Blain Brown / Focal Press,

Additional Resources “Independent Cinema- D.K.Holm, “Writing Stories-John Costello”, Histort of Art – E.H.Gombrich

Material Sharing

Documents yulearn.yeditepe.edu.tr; https://classroom.google.com
Assignments yulearn.yeditepe.edu.tr; https://classroom.google.com


Midterm 1 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences. X        
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields.         X
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.       X  
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.         X
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.          
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest.          
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.       X  
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.       X  
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.         X


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Mid-terms (Project  pitching) 1 4 4
Assignment 2 2 4
Final (Project presentation) 1 4 4
Total Work Load     124
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,96
ECTS Credit of the Course     5