Conference 2019 / Round Tables Report

Round Tables Report

L. Charreau, J.Tovey, J.-P. Jarry, M. De Backer, P. Cordey, E. van den Hove, L.-P. Capelle, M. Van Kets

This is the concluding report of the Third International Conference on Teaching and Researching Cinematography, called ‘Cinematography in Progress’, which took place in Brussels in April 2019. The main venue of this event was the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS), while some of the events were held at the Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS).

This conference was organised by the International Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) and The Belgian Society of Cinematographers (SBC), with the help of two Belgian schools, the Lusofona University in Portugal and Mediarte. It was chaired by Ella van den Hove and Marijke Van Kets, who were assisted by Tony Costa, the IMAGO chair education committee, and the entire event was managed by Nina Payrhuber. The conference was very successful: ninety people from over thirty countries attended the conference, about twenty-five actively participated by giving papers, by presenting their research during poster sessions, or by offering their expertise in round tables, while many others contributed to the discussions.

The main goal of the conference was to think about methods to instruct future cinematographers about current trends in cinematography and how new didactical methods should be implemented in film schools and other educational facilities. The conference also focused on the connection between the methodologies of researching cinematography and teaching cinematography.
Thanks to Marijke’s strict time management, we managed to host eleven papers on a variety of matters presented to all the participants during the three days of the conference. Simultaneously, we could also organise eleven poster sessions on four different topics: HFR/HDR Grading and Workflow, Cinematography Thinking, Alternative Teaching, and
Teaching and Practice. These sessions were repeated twice. Most importantly, we organised six round-tables that were repeated in three different sessions to share thoughts, experiences, and practices between the participants on the following six topics:

I. Emerging cinematography practice
II. Teaching the Foundation of Cinematography for Narrative Cinema
III. From Arts Practice to Academic Research: the Methodology 
IV. New didactical tools and systems to teach cinematography
V. How to use the prior digital knowledge of students to create cinematography?
VI. Teaching methods regarding responsibilities and duties of the cinematographer

The aim of the round-table sessions was to listen and learn from the participants, to share the solutions they proposed and, through informal peer-to-peer exchange, to try to synthesise them as recommendations.

The full report can be accessed HERE

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