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FITV13-205: Advanced Cinematography and Colour Grading May 2021 [Standard]

General information

In this highly-practical, workshop-based subject, students explore the technical aspects of ultra-high-definition digital cinema camera systems and how to creatively apply these to the process of shooting professional motion pictures. Students undertake various assignments that develop and integrate the principles, elements and skills essential for creatively producing cinematic images. Students also learn the technical and artistic essentials of colour grading using a full-sized DaVinci Resolve colour grading suite. At the completion of this subject, it is expected that students will possess the skills and knowledge to be considered for an entry-level position in the camera department on a professional film set.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:FITV13-205
Subject title:Advanced Cinematography and Colour Grading
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x4 (Total hours: 8) - Lecture (Weeks 1 - 4)
  • Workshop: x6 (Total hours: 36) - Workshops (6 x 6hours)
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 76) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Mascelli, Joseph V. ASC (1998). The Five C's of Cinematography. Silman-James Press.
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Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe and define the individual and team responsibilities of the Director of Photography, Camera Operator, 1st and 2nd Assistant Camera on a professional film set.
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the artistic elements of light as used in motion picture storytelling.
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate a range of cinematic lenses and filters and differentiate their use in a variety of creative situations.
  4. Demonstrate the skills necessary to operate ultra-high-definition digital camera systems and accessories in an effective, safe and artistic manner.
  5. Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively use camera and lighting techniques to tell a story pictorially.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to creatively and effectively use a Da Vinci colour grading suite to colour grade filmed footage.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Concept Document Cinematography look book for a feature film, to a brief 20% Week 4 1, 2.
*Cinematic Project § Create a Short Film to a brief - duration 3 to 4 minutes 30% Week 8 2, 4, 5.
*Cinematic Project Colour Grading Assignment to brief 20% Week 13 6.
*Guided Practical Workshop Organization, Preparation, Production and Post Production activities. 30% In Consultation 3, 4, 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Group work is a central element of this subject.

Subject curriculum

This subject examines the professional creative and theoretical practices of motion picture film production to an advanced level, with an emphasis on professional lighting and colour grading, and the camera’s role in visual storytelling including: * How the artistry of composition, framing and various forms of camera movement shape the style of storytelling in motion pictures. * How lighting is integral to enhancing images, creating depth, mood and atmosphere, and supporting the visual storytelling. * The technical aspects of ultra-high-definition digital camera systems, including their design, operation and accessories. * Developing the skills to work with proficiency in the camera department of a professional film set.

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Approved on: Mar 10, 2021. Edition: 2.3
Last updated: May 4, 2021.