Cinematography Thinking, become a cinematographer

Keywords: Creative process, Pedagogical experience, Teaching method, Creative research, Cinematography


“Cinematography Thinking” is a research essay which proposes an actionable methodology to improve the new cinematographer’s work towards innovation maximizing and expanding the possibilities of film language and cinematography starting from the narrative.

This methodology systematizes the process that a cinematographer develops in order to accomplish his/her responsibilities to achieve the specific goals of each project and enrich it, applying the best practices of other disciplines with similar dynamics. 

Each one of the tasks or steps that make up the methodology is based on three sources of information:
1. Interviews with cinematographers, describing their processes and tasks
2. The responsibilities attributed to the cinematographer in manuals such as the American Cinematographer
3. The phases that typically form an innovation-oriented creative process

This essay seeks to contribute to finding the solution of a constant problem that those of us who teach cinematography face: how to ensure that students apply theoretical knowledge, that technique
does not prevail over language, and that the image is at the service of the story.

Author Biography

Cristina Angeles Huesca, 525528980500

MA Communication and visual languages, filmmaker, photographer, professor on photography, filmmaking, visual language and research. Researcher, mentor and coach on creative processes, constantly an audiovisual problem solver but totally a full-time visual thinker.

Her professional work has been combined in two ways: Producing and filmmaking on one hand and researching and teaching on the other.

She has been teacher at undergraduate and postgraduate level for 8 years in specialized institutions related to the creation and production of the image in it’s different approaches

Currently she serves as a professor and Operations Coordinator for communication laboratory at Universidad Iberoamericana, developing a processes re-engineering related to the use, updating and acquisition of camera, stage, lighting, sound, post production

How to Cite
Angeles HuescaC. (2021). Cinematography Thinking, become a cinematographer. Cinematography in Progress, 13. Retrieved from