Approaching Cinematography Studies

Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks

Keywords: Cinematography, Cinematography Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Festival Studies


This article discusses the issues that arise from approaching cinematography from an academic perspective, aiming to demonstrate how the so-called Cinematography Studies may well turn into a brand-new discipline which can provide, nurture, and ensure its long overdue academic consideration. My contribution specifically aspires to establish a consistent framework that provides an interdisciplinary method to apply while considering Cinematography Studies. First off, the essay addresses the various historical calls for such a discipline. Considering cinematography as a collaborative art form, the paper connects cinematography either to style, techno-aesthetics, and technology issues or to the highly innovative notion according to which DoPs would gain the (co)authorship of the movie they work in. The foundation of Cinematography Studies comes then from the inextricable combination of different academic approaches, such as Film Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Festival Studies. Eventually, we consider how such an interdisciplinary method, which also relies on the professional network of peers, is required so that Cinematography Studies can bridge academic and filmmaking worlds.

Author Biography

Alberto Spadafora, Università 'Gabriele d'Annunzio" di Chieti-Pescara

Graduated in Media Studies at the University of Torino (Italy), Alberto Spadafora has recently completed his PhD at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy), with a thesis on the contemporary European cinematography and the academic foundation of Cinematography Studies. He is the author of La luce necessaria. Conversazione con Luca Bigazzi (2014).



How to Cite
SpadaforaA. (2022). Approaching Cinematography Studies: Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks. Cinematography in Progress, 1(2). Retrieved from