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HermionaU Instructor Spotlight: Alexander Melkumov

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

Cinematography doesn't start with having the most expensive camera or the most recognized creative potential; it begins with a desire to capture and film your surroundings. HermionaU instructor Alexander Melkumov's course "Cinematography" will take its students on an exhilarating ride, teaching them how to turn fragments of captured moments into a cohesive, captivating story. Students will learn more advanced theoretical and technical skills as well to help them refine their filming process. By the end of this course, students will know how to connect multiple video fragments into one unified story, use “visual storytelling” techniques to tell a compelling narrative using only pictures, and apply basic cinematography concepts, such as frame composition and camera movement.

Alexander S. Melkumov is a professional cinematographer with over forty years of experience in the industry. He is a member of the IC Cinematographers’ Guild of the Russian Federation and member of the Union of Russian Filmmakers. He was a prizewinner at the Lumiere Brothers’ 2015 “Lumiere Awards,” established by the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, CA, and received the X Artkino Film Festival Prize for “Contribution to the Development of Film Technology” in 2018. Alexander is also the author of “Stereoscopic Cinema, Theory, and the Practice of Stereo Filming,” a textbook for film students, and is a lecturer at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography.

Melkumov's course on cinematography is aimed for students 14 years old and above. Class will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each day. Each class holds 10-12 students, and sessions will be held June 22th - July 19th and July 6th - August 2th.

For students who wish to capture the world and its memories through film, Alexander Melkumov's class is the perfect introduction to doing so in a professional and fun way. Who better to learn from than an award-winning cinematographer who has helped countless other students find their own success?



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