Thinking about how to teach cinematography to my students and how the meaning changes when you place the camera in other angle and/or movement and/or light etc., I developed a strategy to make them realize the importance of the syntax of the elements in front of the camera, the forms and the variety of meanings of the shots and of course the system of images created to emphasize the narrative and thus the cinematographic discourse.
All the theoretic part presented in the first four classes were applied in the filmmaking of a short length film. Based on the silent expressionist film Nosferatu (F.W. MURNAU/1922/GER), I wrote the script called “Jugular” and I gave it to them to shoot using Canon 5D Mark II and a row of lenses: 50mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. Two groups were formed and each one did different ways to articulate the compositions. The results were two different short length films from the same script, both performed with DSLR cameras in 2013.