The Art and Science of Depiction -- Frédo Durand

Visions of Light

Wednesday, February 14. 2001


Projection of the documentary
Visions of Light - The Art of Cinematography (1993)


Assignments for Monday 19

Read Photosurrealism
excerpt from Advanced Renderman, creating CGI for Motion Pictures, Anthony A. Apodaca and Larry Gritz, Morgan Kaufman publisher, 2000

Read Jet Lighter, overcoming obstacles
excerpt from Digital Wizardry, creative Photoshop techniques, Amphoto books, 1998

1 page summary
briefly summarize the two readings, 1 page (that is 1/2 page per reading), 12 point double space

Start reading Art and Illusion (friendly advice)

Photoshop Enhancement of a photo
initial photo
advice and requirements
Either send me a jpeg file of the resulting image or post-it on a web site and e-mail me address. Do not send me the much bigger photoshop file. include 5 lines describing what you learnt and what problems you encoutnered.

Send 5 lines (by e-mail) explaining the most important thing you've learnt in class this week, or the thing you do not agree about or the subject you would have liked to seedeveloped in more details.

Illustrative image
Bring or send as jpeg an image illustrating one of the issues covered during the lecture or in the documentary (e.g. lighting, make-up, depth of field, etc.).

Discussion issue
Send me one or two issues or reaction about the documentary Visions of light that we watched on Wednesday, for Monday's discussion.

Getting acquainted meeting
Do not forget to take an appointment (

Further Reading
Lighting for Television and Film, Gerald Millerson, Focal Press.
Matters of Light & Depth, Ross Lowell, Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Inc.
What Is Cinema?, Andre Bazin, Univ California Press.
Film As Art, Rudolf Arnheim, Univ California Press.
A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (DVD or VHS)

Related links
Internet Movie Database
Film 100
Cinema: How are Hollywood films made?
Images: a journal of film and popular culture
Bright Lights Film Journal