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April 14, 2020 – June 16, 2020

Tuesdays | 6:30-9:30 pm | 10 Sessions

Instructor: Andy Blubaugh

Location: Classes & Admin Offices

More than simply operating a camera, cinematography is the art of crafting images that support your storytelling and communication goals. Through weekly assignments, you will gain proficiency in the core tenets of camera work—composition, focal length, lighting, exposure, and focus—while also exploring their expressive potential and developing a personal cinematic style. Time outside of class is required for completion of class assignments, generally about two hours each week, but sometimes up to four. You are encouraged to crew up with other classmates on their projects/assignments in order to gain further experience. Class will use Vimeo for sharing assignments (Vimeo account required). 


  • Using composition to convey character and intent
  • Methods for consistent and intentional exposure
  • Lighting for mood, tone, and depth
  • Manipulating space and size through focal length
  • Calculating and altering depth of field and executing rack focus
  • Understanding video formats and workflow 

Tuition includes access to camera and lighting gear. And for those already proficient in digital editing on Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, access to the Film Center Edit Lab (Mac). You will need your own personal Mac formatted external hard drive (spec will be provided after registration). 

Click here for Equipment Room and Edit Lab open hours. 

What are students saying about Cinematography with Andy Blubaugh? 

An excellent introduction to the expressive use of cinematic techniques. 

This class taught me how to communicate with the audience via picture… 

Before this class, focal length was a mystery to me, but now it’s what I’m most excited about. 

My goal in this course was to better learn the language of cinematography and the course met that goal. Enjoyed! 

This was a very valuable and impressive course. The instructor was knowledgeable and experienced but humble and made everyone comfortable to share. 

*Payment plans are now available!


This class is in: Adult Classes, Spring Term 2020