Post Date: 04 Jun, 2019

Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography at New Delhi from 26th July to 14th Aug’ 19

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, under its Skilling India in Film & Television (SKIFT) initiative, in association with Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, announces 20 days Foundation Course in Digital Cinematography at New Delhi.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Dates: 26th July to 14th Aug 2019 (20 days including Saturdays & Sundays)

(2)    Timings: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

(3)    Total No. of participants: 24 (Course will be conducted only if min. strength of 20 is reached)
No. of participants from previous batch: 06
No. of seats now available: 18

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

(5)    Nationality: Indian

(6)    Venue: IIMC, New JNU Campus, Aruna Asif Ali Road, New Delhi – 110 067

(7)    Fees: Rs 42,000/- per participant (Demand Draft to be drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Film & TV Institute of India, Pune”, and must be payable at Pune)

(8)    Last date to apply: 1st July 2019 by 4 pm

(9)    Faculty: Shri A S Kanal

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

Shri Gaurav Nagpal,
Office of Additional Director General,
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC),
JNU New Campus, Aruna Asif Ali Road,
New Delhi – 110 067

 so as to reach on or before 1st July 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: Outstation participants may please note that there is no arrangement of accommodation and participants need to arrange for their own lodging & boarding at their own cost.

(15) Queries: For queries, if any, please email to Prof. Sandeep Shahare on
(16) Course Contents: The course will have daily around 1 -1 & ½ hours of theory, around 6 - 8 hours of practical & around 1 - 2 hours of preview of exercises and discussions. The course will cover language of cinema that a cinematographer must know. The course will be around following points;

Introductory Modules covering basics of Digital Cinematography


1.    Role of Cinematographer
2.    Cinematographer’s team
3.    Explanation of what is a FRAME, SHOT, SCENE, IMAGE SIZE
4.    Visual Composition
5.    Action Continuity
6.    Camera Angles
7.    Types of Camera movements, their need
8.    Imaginary line  
9.    Nature of light and light measurement,
10.    Photographic Lamps and fixtures, Light controls,
11.    Photographic Filters (CTB, CTO and ND)
12.    Exposure Control – iris, ISO and light level,
13.    Subject and Lighting Contrast (Ratio/Portraiture Lighting)
14.    Importance of background lighting;
15.    Lenses (I) Focal length, Aperture, Depth of field
16.    Lenses(II) Depth of Focus, Back-focus,
17.    Digital Camera (I) –basic functions and controls – viewfinder, zebra, lowlight, auto/manual iris, auto/manual focus, white balance, ISO settings
18.    Lenses(III) Visual Perspective,
19.    Digital Camera (II) – Gain, Shutter, Pedestal, Details
20.    Matching Indoors with Out-doors,
21.    Digital Camera (III) – Gamma, Black Stretch, DCC, Dynamic Range, HDR
22.    Digital Camera (IV) –  Sensor – Size & Type, Pixel Size, A/D conversion, Color sampling
23.    Signal Quality (signal to noise ratio)
24.    Lighting Moving Characters
25.    Photographic film and Motion Picture Camera
26.    Lighting Specular objects
27.    Source Lighting  
28.    Lighting continuity
29.    Interview techniques – EFP lighting,
30.    Colour Correction, Grading, Timing

Practical: Lighting & Camera Operations to be conducted parallel to each other

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.    Assessing the sensitivity of digital camera
7.    Lighting portraiture -  ratio lighting – using light meter
8.    Matching indoors with outdoors
9.    Lighting Moving character
10.    Lighting specular object
11.    Source lighting , camera operation exercises on track trolley
12.    Lighting for a scene – maintaining lighting continuity
13.    Colour correction

* It may please be noted that above topics/ arrangements are indicative in nature and may be changed/ omitted etc.