Digital Cinematography: The Art of Crafting Cinematic Images for Film and Television

Short Course / 5 days

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Participants will learn from industry experts as they share their know-hows on crafting cinematic images for film and television.

Learning Outcomes

  • Visual research and reference
  • Considerations behind cinematic shot construction
  • How to plan logistics for the camera and lighting department
  • Electrical management / Risk Assessment and safety audit
  • Aesthetic considerations of lighting on location


Application period: TBC
Course Date: TBC
Duration: 5 days

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

This course consists of 5 modules:

The building blocks of cinematic expression (8 hours)

– Visual reference and research
– Firehosing
-Depth and counting layers
-Lenses and perspective
-Workmanship and composition
-3-point lighting as a concept

Technical planning for a shoot (8 hours)

– Location Recce
– Camera Prep
-Lighting Prep

Practicum Shoot (24 hours)

– Guided camera and lighting exercise

Editing (8 hours)
Screening and Review (3 hours)

Trainer's Profile

Timothy Chen

Tim Chen was formally trained at the National Film and Television school in the UK under renowned British cinematographer Brian Tufano BSC (Shallow Graves, Trainspotting, Billy Elliot). He holds a Master of Arts in Cinematography.

He has over ten years experience in the film industry and have worked on a variety of projects including shorts, theatrical features, documentaries, commercials and news features. He recently shot his first full length feature film which was directed by Leonard Yip, his colleague at Ngee Ann.

He has over four years of teaching experience and employs a very down-to-earth pedagogy to present concepts in a palatable way


In-class assessments.

Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass assessments.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

Applicants should have basic knowledge in operating digital cinema cameras, lighting and grip equipment

Course Fees

Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 7% GST and subject to review.
The course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit. For more information on the SkillsFuture Credit click here.
For enhanced training support, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens (SC) below the age of 40 years$442.98
Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 40 and above$166.98
Singapore Permanent Residents (PR)$442.98
Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (for SC & SPR)$166.98
Others (and Repeat Students)$1476.60
Full course fee$1476.60