Cinematography: Welcome

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Dear Educator:


Young Minds Inspired, in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is proud to present the second in a series of annual study guides that will focus on the different branches of the Academy. In this guide, students will learn about cinematography, one of the many craft areas involved in creating a motion picture, as they complete the activities in this kit. The kit has been designed for students in secondary school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses. The activities have been developed to capitalize on students' natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the upcoming Academy Awards®. They are designed to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and to develop visual literacy skills.

The Academy, organized in 1927, is a professional honorary organization composed of more than 6,000 motion picture craftsmen and women. Its purposes include advancing the art and science of motion pictures; fostering cooperation among creative leaders for cultural, educational and technological progress; recognizing outstanding achievements, and fostering educational activities between the professional community and the public at large. Academy members are the people who create movies—the cream of the industry's actors, art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, film editors, make-up artists, composers, producers, sound- and visual-effects experts, and writers.

Please share this material with other teachers in your school. Although the material is copyrighted, you may make as many photocopies as necessary to meet your students' needs.

To ensure that you receive future mailings, please contact Randy Haberkamp at Also, feel free to e-mail us at to comment about the program at any time. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

Roberta Nusim, Publisher

Target Audience

This program has been designed for students in secondary school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses.

Program Objectives

  1. To enhance student interest in and knowledge about the motion picture development and production process.
  2. To encourage students to use critical thinking as they learn how cinematographers contribute to the process of creating a motion picture.
  3. To engage students in an exploration of film as a medium of communication.
  4. To help students become more visually literate.
Animation: Creating Movement Frame by Frame

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Complete Cinematography Activities Guide (PDF)

Activity 1: Angling the Camera

Activity 2: Lighting the Scene

Activity 3: Framing the Shot

Activity 4: Learning from the Best

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