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Intro to DSLR Filmmaking

Short Programmes upgrade skills and knowledge to ensure success in a chosen field of learning, but are not credit bearing and not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

*Course start dates and tuition fees are subject to change.


This course is for those who are interested in unlocking the filmmaking potential of their HDSLR camera. The course will cover all the essentials required to obtain good quality, professional looking footage from their HDSLR In addition to this, the course will also cover the basics of pre-production as well as post production.


GARETH H. GRAHAM has a ND in Film & Video Technology (Cum Laude) and has spent the better part of the last decade working as a cinematographer and editor/colourist in Cape Town. He has shot, edited and directed a plethora of short films, commercials, music videos, corporate videos and documentaries. His short films have been In Competition in a variety of film festivals, and his other interests include sound design, photography and design. PAUL LENSEN had a BED Hons in Education and National Diploma in Film and TV production has more than a decade of video producing and training experience. Asa creative director for a major weekly business and lifestyle programme for CNBC Europe he controlled quality and processes, and provided creative, editorial, production and post production direction.


Key Concepts will be reinforced through targeted practical homework exercises.

  • Brief History of Cinematography
  • Intro to DSLR’s as Filmmaking Tools
  • Pros and Cons of DSLRs
  • Conceptualising a Video
    • Coming up with a Concept
    • Script Development
  • Digital Video Explained
    • Frame Rates
    • Resolution
    • HD v.s. SD
    • PAL v.s. NTSC
  • Film Grammar
  • Creating Shot Lists, Story Boards and Floor Plans
  • Exposure Controls
  • Focus
  • Colour Temperature and White Balance
  • Shot Composition
  • Tripod & Grip Equipment
  • Basic Filmmaking Technique
    • Action Axis Rule
    • Master Scene Technique
  • Lighting Introduction
    • Light and Shadow
    • 3 Point Lighting
  • Introduction to Editing
    • The Grammar of the Edit


  • All participants must own (or have access to) a HDSLR Camera (preferably Canon) which they can bring to class
  • Dedication to the Course
  • Access to the Internet
  • The dedication to perform small homework assignments where required

*This course is currently only offered at our Cape Town campus.