8 weeks

Intensive Cinematography Course

Our intensive 8 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 learn how to operate on high-end filmmaking equipment (this course covers Blackmagic and RED cameras). 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 will present their idea for a short film during pitching and the best prepared projects will be shot during the course with the involvement of all students. The course will be taught in English in small group between 10-15 people.

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 or to be in the crew for 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.

program details

What To Bring?

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own:

  • Portable external drive with minimum storage 2 TB
  • Laptop 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)


  • Budget for your films – our school emphasizes the importance of practical learning by making films. Unlike standard classroom education, the cost of practical filmmaking can vary a lot depending on your script and the vision of the director and cinematographer. For teacher-led workshops the school will cover all or most production costs. However, for shooting of your own film you and your classmates must pay yourselves. As part of our curriculum we will teach you how to be resourceful when it comes to production expenses. The school will provide for you a bundle of filmmaking equipment and a transportation van, but all other production costs will be your responsibility. We encourage you to plan carefully about the budget of your short film. Write or choose a script that matches the funds you have available to produce it.

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 & master classes
  • Teaching materials
  • Prague Film Institute Certificate 
  • Equipment (see more here)
    • Industry standard cinema cameras & equipment
    • Full editing suite with post-production software
    • Individual licence to Premiere Pro/Da Vinci/AVID Pro Tool
    • School car for student projects
  • Green-screen and cinema room on-site
  • Discounts at our industry partners

Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Visa fee & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)
  • Production cost for your film (such as locations, props, actors, fuel) 

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

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

  • Scriptwriting (from idea to final script)

Week 2

  • Production
  • Directing

Week 3

  • Cinematography – Camera
  • Production
  • Directing

Week 4

  • Cinematography – camera
  • Cinematography – lights
  • Sound

Week 5

  • Cinematography – camera
  • Cinematography – grips
  • Editing 

Week 6

  • Drone cinematography
  • Underwater filmmaking
  • Action scenes shooting
  • Preproduction of final film

Week 7

  • Shooting of final film

Week 8

  • Shooting of final film
  • Editing of Final Film
  • Screening Film to Industry Professionals
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