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Cinematography Composition: Mastering the Art

Cinematography Compostion: Mastering the Art tutorial video.



I created Cinematography Composition: Mastering the Art as part of a series meant to teach or refresh basic composition skills.

About the Project:


Value of Instruction

            Cinematography Composition: Mastering the Art is an instructional video highlighting compositional techniques and showcasing videos and images created by CaLâBeau Productions. Its intended use is consumer education and marketing. The instructional is a combination of explanation and demonstration. For the instruction of each technique, the narrator provides a brief overview explaining how to compose a shot with the specific principles. At the same time, images, media, and callouts demonstrate proper technique with relevant visual examples. The instruction is a timeless addition to CaLâBeau Production's consumer education library because the composition techniques mentioned are well-seasoned and widely used in all art forms.

Focus and Audience

            The intended audience is consumers aged 18 to 99 who desire to hire a video production company and media creators aged 25-45 who want to learn more about film composition techniques. The video will be hosted primarily by the CaLâBeau Productions website, with an unlisted YouTube link so that it will be discoverable by those searching terms such as video production, production companies, media production, and filming. Upon completion of the video tutorial, viewers will be able to:

•           Recognize eight widely used cinematic composition techniques. 

•           Plan visually pleasing shots using compositional principles. 

•           Implement specified techniques in filmmaking and visual storytelling.


            To ensure learner engagement, the instructional video included various techniques. First, the narration is conversational and enthusiastic, so viewers feel the narrator speaks directly to them. Terms such as "we" and "let's" help viewers feel part of the action and encourage them to take control of their learning, creating a learner-centered, instructor-facilitated lesson. Next, the soundtrack contains modern, upbeat music to propel the video and set the cadence, helping to keep viewers focused on the material instead of the video length. The background music determines the instruction's pace, and narration delivers information in small chunks with examples, quickly moving on to the next topic to maintain learner engagement. Finally, the selected media is colorful and varied, with vibrant callouts guiding the lessons, creating a visually pleasing narrative.

Intent of Purpose and Development

            The video's intended use is consumer education and marketing. Because of this, the learners are clients, collaborators, or followers of CaLâBeau Productions. Cinematography Composition: Mastering the Art is the first in a planned series of tutorials accompanying the company's upcoming blog. Other videos in the series will highlight aspects of film production, specific techniques, industry tips and tricks, and similar relevant topics. CaLâBeau Productions will continue to highlight their footage and images in each tutorial. They chose Cinematography Composition: Mastering the Art as the first video in the series to help establish the company's reputation as subject matter experts in the production industry as it grows and expands its consumer base.


            To create this tutorial, I chose previously shot images and video footage from CaLâBeau Production's media library and a planned shot list to convey the lesson visually. The media list included various shot types such as medium (Man, 0:50-0:59), long (Washington Monument 1:15-1:20), wide (Capitol, 1:26-1:31), bird's eye view (pool, 2:07-2:12), ground level (D.C. Chinatown entrance, 2:39-2:43), and close-up (pet, 2:44-2:48). I captured a combination of video and images that best conveyed the lesson techniques using a Sony A7SIII mirrorless camera, a tripod, circular polarizer, and a 35mm to 150mm zoom lens. To complete the project in time, I wrote and finalized the script on Monday, shot video footage and photos on Tuesday and Wednesday, compiled additional assets, and recorded narration on Thursday. I cleared Friday and Saturday to allot ample time for editing. 

            I edited the video in DaVinci Resolve Studio because it has less playback and freezing issues than Premiere Pro, especially when implementing callouts and animations. My preferred media asset resource is Envato Elements, so I used it to select upbeat, easy-listening music. I used Fairlight in DaVinci to duck the music during narration for the audio. Transitions included cross-dissolve and fade, and I exported the video in widescreen (1920 x 1080) with burned-in captions so they remain visible even on devices without a closed captioning option. Overall, the project timeline was well-planned, and I was satisfied with the resulting tutorial.

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