Cinematography: Screenings 8

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
304KOPR8 Z 2 6T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Greater overview of contemporary cinematography from the perspective of image narration. Intoduction of theory approaches into practical use.

Mode of study

Presentation of instructor experience accompanied by dialogue with the creator.

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Course contents

Course on contemporary stylization trends for image narration will focus, primarily, on achievement of individual trends though demonstrating the links between contemporary directors and their cameramen

Individual classes will be comprised of 4 basic parts:

  1. presentation of individual trends, their analysis and anchoring in film narration.
  2. presenting examples to initiate thought on the given issue and support the prior presentation.
  3. analysis of cameramen (including their filmographies), their approach to the given trend and comparison of work styles
  4. guiding the analysis by individual students and their view of the given issue.

Class topics:

  1. Stylization, stylistics, style and other categories in film narration.

morphem, phoneme, sytax, development of film language

division of basic trends: Authenticity, Coloring, Toning, Format use, Movement, Dynamics, Lighting, Digitalization.

  1. Authenticity

Analysis of highlighted authenticity potential in contemporary film.


Jean-Pierre Dardenne a Luc Dardenne

Jacques Audiard

Paul Greengrass


Barry Acroyd

Harris Savides

Oliver Wood

  1. Image movement and dynamics

In relation to authenticity the following class is devoted to narration using image movement and those trends which in recent year more and more are appearing on the silver screen.


Gaspar Noe

Wes Anderson

Alejandro Inárritu


Stéphane Fontaine

Benoît Debie

Robert D. Yeoman

  1. Image coloring and toning

Potential of working with color in the image started with the introduction of color film into the film industry, use and development. Modern technical possibilities on one hand continue to broaden, but on the other, they require a complex approach by the artist.


Brothers Wachowski

Guillermo del Toro

Michael Bay


Adam Arkapaw

Dan Laustsen

Seamus McGarvey

Bill Pope

  1. Use of various image formats

Working with individual technology formatsfrom shooting with a mobile telephone to IMAX technology in modern common reality. Selection of format, also, significantly influences the stylization concept of the resulting work and may create the tempo of the film language.


James Cameron

Ang Lee

David Ayer

Robert Zemeckis


Robert Elswit

Daniel Mindel

Claudio Miranda

John Toll

Roman Vasyanov

  1. Image lighting approaches

With the migration to digital technology the has been a significant change in the approach to manners of lighting and creating light atmospheres.


David Fincher

Tim Burton

Terrence Malick


Jeff Cronenweth

Bruno Delbonnel

Dariusz Wolski

  1. Digital and film „look“

Difference of image appearance between film and digital, upon the spread of digital recording technology has moved from the imitation of film appearance to its crystallization towards the classic film image and establishing the digital appearance.


Michael Mann

Marc Web

Danny Boyle


John Schwartzman

Dante Spinotti

Dean Semler

  1. Directors and their vision (3-4 classes)

Analysis and look at the development of important directors in relation to their standard cameramen including references to differences in approach to individual genres and differences in image appearance in change of cameraman.

Paolo Sorrentino - Luca Bigazzi

Steve McQueen - Sean Bobbit

Park Chan Wook - Chung-hoon Chung

Coen Brothers - Roger Deakins

Christopher Nolan - Wally Phister x Hoyte van Hoytema

Krzystow Kieslowski - Slawomir Idziak

Peter Jackson - Andrew Lesnie

Darren Aronofski - Matthew Libatique

Alejandro Innaritu - Emmanuel Lubezki

Guillermo Del Toro - Guillermo Navarro

Steven Spielberg - Janusz Kaminski

Alan Parker - Michael Seresin

Nicolas Winding Refn - Newton Thomas Siegel, Larry Smith,

Clint Eastwood - Tom Stern

Denis Villeneuve - André Turpin, Roger Deakins, Bradford Young

  1. Adaptable image artists

Analysis of groups of cameramen which change their original style based on working with a particular genre or working with a director.


Greig Fraser

Phedon Papamichael

Rodrigo Prieto

  1. New names in image recording.

Overview of new cameramen and their styles.


Natasha Braier - Neon Demon

Alex Catalán - Marshland

Mátyás Erdély - Son of Saul

David Gallego - Embrace of the Serpent

Mikhail Krichman - Leviathan

  1. Cameramen - Craftsmen

The first group of cameramen for whom image narration was a craft. Part of the class is an analysis of their important works in comparison with the standard shooting of most of their recordings.


Ben Davis

Bruno Delbonnel

Mauro Fiore

Adriano Goldman

John Mathieson

Salvatore Totino

  1. Image narration in Czech cinematography

Overview of the basic image approaches in Czech cinematography including an emphasis on selected artists.


Stanislav Milota

Jaroslav Kučera

Miroslav Ondříček

Bedřich Baťka

František Uldrich

Otto Heller

Vladimír Novotný

Recommended or required reading

ECO, Umberto, Teorie sémiotiky. Praha: Argo, 2009. ISBN 978-80-257-0157-7

GAMUT, L. T. F., Logic, language, and meaning 2 sv. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0-226-28088-2

SADOUL, Georges, Dějiny filmu. Praha: Orbis, 1958. 486 s.

THOMPSON, Kristin, BORDWELL, David, Dějiny filmu. Praha: Akademie múzických umění, 2007

THOMPSON, Kristin, Storytelling in the New Hollywood. New York: Harvard University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-674-83974-9.

Assessment methods and criteria

Essay submission (2000 words)



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