This is my final project thesis - Its a training video that caters to intermediate film students about the RED One camera - Myself and my mate were inspired to do this video because back in 2009 we found it was very difficult to get a thorough grasp of working with the camera practically - Many of my friends also thought that the camera seem a bit intimidating because of this sense of mystery created around it - To get a practical hands on experience you had to pay 300 pounds for half day workshops and compete with 25 other people just to use the camera. This video is design as a workshop on the basics of the camera...
...This training video is for the film student whom already have a working understanding of most of
the concepts and practices surrounding digital cinematography. It caters to students who come
from a background of lighting for digital camera work. Students who have worked already with
cameras like the HVX200 (panasonic.com, 2010) or the Sony EX1 (Sony.com, 2010) or 3 will
benefit significantly from the training video because those cameras already use the work flow that
the RED camera uses. The following is a list of things students should know relatively well before
using this training video, Students should:
I. Know how to set up a camera securely to a tripod
II. Have a comprehensive knowledge of lens and filters (e.g neutral Density and Polarize filters)
III. Have a good knowledge of aperture (f/stops), shutter and their effect on the image.
IV. Understand the basic 3 point lighting system
V. Have a good knowledge of color temperature and the role of color in lighting
VI. Have a basic sense of navigating menu systems on digital cameras
VII. Know how to work with solid state and spinning platter hard drives for image capture, NB: coming from a tradition of working as a camera loader will also be very useful
VIII. How to use Final Cut Pro (FCP) or Avid's log and transfer modes
IX. Know how to transcode digital footage to Pro Res formats
The above things will not be explained in the training video. Further to this it is important that a
student does not attempt to use this camera without knowing the above. The training video will
go through some things again. For example there is a section in the video that covers setting up
the camera to a tripod properly this section is there because some students may not have used
the heavy duty tripods that are necessary to use with the RED one camera system. The training
video also references the type of lens being used. My intention here is not to teach aperture settings are lens formats but only to introduce the PL mount 35mm Carl Zeiss / Arri Lenses that some digital film students may not be familiar with or simply may not have used before, therefore not knowing how to fit them unto the camera. Students should have knowledge of working with lenses aperture manually in order to translate that information to this camera system. This training video has various limitations because of focusing a Product only for intermediate students. The intention for this training video is not to become a digital cinematography manual but to explore the key concepts necessary for an intermediate film student who haven't used the RED One system -This document critically discusses the key cinematography concepts that should be paid attention to when using the RED One camera system.
It is important to have a thorough understanding of the history of digital cinema. This serves as a basis for us to understand the current discussion of analogue formats vs digital formats of acquisition in the film Industry and to develop an introspective understanding of the role and progress of digital technology and the advent of camera systems like the RED One.
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