8 týdnů

Osmitýdenní kurz kamery

Prague Film Institute > Osmitýdenní kurz kamery
Intensive Professional

Cinematography Course

Our intensive 6 weeks cinematography course is designed to give you a hands-on experience and overall introduction to the craft of filmmaking. The course is suitable for applicants with little or no experience, as well as for those who wish to deepen their skills. The main focus of this intensive course is cinematography, however, screenwriting, directing, editing and sound are as well covered.


Tutors of Prague Film Institute will lead you from story idea to finished film. Each student shoots his or her own short film while also being on the crew of others students’ projects. The course is taught in English in small group between 10-15 people.


Typ: Praktická výuka

Termín: 3. července – 28. srpna 2023 (8 týdnů)

Cíl kurzu: Natáčení finálního filmu

Studium: prezenční

Rozvrh: Po – Pá (9-17h)

Školné: 120 000 Kč

Jazyk: Angličtina

Skupina: 10 – 15 studentů

our value proposition

course highlights

High-end Equipment

Cinematography lessons will be taught in a fully equipped industry professional rental house located on school premises. You will get in touch with the most popular cinema cameras such as Red Monstro, Alexa Amira or Sony f55.

Pitching to Industry Professionals

At the end of the course you will screen your film in a public cinema and get evaluated by a panel of industry professionals. It will give you a chance to get connected and ignite your career in the filmmaking industry. 

Specialized Lessons

The course offers specialized lessons such as Underwater Filmmaking, Drone Cinematography and Action Scenes shooting which will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your portfolio.

what will you learn?

Cinematography - Camera

  • Principles of Camera & Lens
  • Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Filmmaking Equipment
  • Roles in Camera Department
  • Combining Equipment

Cinematography - Lighting

  • Working Principle of Different Types of Lights
  • Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Lighting Equipment
  • Safety Protocol and Responsibilities of Lighting Team

Sound Recording

  • Introduction to Sound Equipment
  • Recording at Exteriors
  • Recording in Interiors
  • Dialogue Recording
  • Action Scene Recording
  • Recording Folley
  • Location Mixers

Basics of Filmmaking

  • Scriptwriting
  • Production
  • Directing
  • Editing

Underwater Filmmaking

  • Theory of Underwater Filmmaking
  • Underwater Filmmaking equipment
  • Shooting in a Swimming pool
  • Editing and Colorgrading of Underwater Footage

Action Scenes Shooting

  • Security of action scenes
  • Specifics of shooting preparation
  • Stunt coordination
  • Directing shooting
  • Editing
  • Special Effects (SFX)

Drone Cinematography

Shooting of Film

  • Shot-lists
  • Production of  final short film ( shoot your own film and be part of the crew for the shooting of other 2-3 films of your classmates)

Specialized Lessons

Drone Cinematography

Drone operation lessons are included in the course. Get the best ariel shots for your film.

Underwater Filmmaking

Understand all that is behind an underwater shoot and enhance your film with breathtaking shots.

Action Scene Shooting

Learn action scenes shooting and stunt coordination from the president of Czech Stunt and Fighters Association.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

  • Scriptwriting (from idea to final script)
  • Production
  • Directing

Week 2

  • Cinematography – Camera
  • Cinematography – Lights
  • Cinematography – Grip

Week 3

  • Cinematography – Camera
  • Cinematography – Lights
  • Cinematography – Grips

Week 4

  • Drone Cinematography
  • Underwater Filmmaking
  • Action Scenes Shooting

Week 5

  • Film Pre-production
  • Shooting of Final Film
  • Editing 

Week 6

  • Editing of Final Film
  • Screening Film to Industry Professionals

Filmmaking Equipment

On our campus is full-service public rental house with cinema cameras, lenses, grips, lighting equipment and many more tools. 

During Prague Film Institute’s cinematography classes you will have access to all available filmmaking equipment of our in-house partner LS Lumination Pictures including cinema cameras Alexa Mini and Red Monstro. For editing you may use professional editing room with Da Vinci software.

about us

our premises

Our film school is situated in a building with award-winning directors, film equipment rental-house and professional post-production facilities. You will be surrounded by film professionals and have a chance to peek in the production workflow of the real film industry.

Entry Requirements
What to Bring?
What’s Included
Not Included

Entry Requirements

AgeMinimum age to enter the course is 15 years.
EducationNo prior filmmaking expereince is required.
EnglishCommunicative level.
DocumentsCopy of passport, curriculum vitae, example of creative work / motivational letter.


What to Bring

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own personal laptops for self guided learning and post-production practice. Our goal is to teach students how to use their own computer for high quality results. Make sure that you choose a laptop which meets the minimum recommended specification. However, for tasks which requires specialist software tools, you will be also allowed to use Prague Film Institute’s computer equipment. 

ComponentMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
CPUIntel COre i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM16 GB32 GB+
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)

What is Included

We understand that by choosing to study with us you are making a big financial commitment. We want to make sure you understand exactly what your tuition fee will cover when you decide to become a Prague Film Institute student.

  • Lectures & workshops
  • Filmmaking equipment
  • Essential production cost for your final film
  • Building your own professional network
  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival (accommodation & industry passes)

What is Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Visa fee & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)

Hovewer Prague is still cheaper than many European cities. The capital offers very safe living environment with high rating in housing and healthcare.



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