Audiovisual representation technique

Audiovisual language has its own rules: it has a grammar and a syntax. Every shooting, a close up or a wide shot, takes on a specific meaning. Instead, editing is the audiovisual syntax. Each film is the result of techinical and stylistic choices, which we deeply have to understand. This course aims to show how we can analyze a video (made for cinema, TV, web) and how the technique should guide us to understand it.
This is the list of the main topics covered: shooting; how a frame is composed; how to move a camera on a set; sound-track and sound off; what is an audiovisual product; standards and materials for filming; the aspect ratio; balance and dynamism in a picture; angle / reverse angle; exposure; third dimension of a frame; white balance; warm light and cold light; the time of the plot; length and rhythm; circular time, linear time and fragment of time; documentary; definition of "pathic cinema": horror, hard-core, propaganda; genre cinema, transmediality; the audiovisual flow on television and on the web. Each topic will have many examples: sequences taken from movies, videoclips, advertising, news, photographs, comics.

Attendance and Credentials

Attendance Certificate


Technology, Design and Engineering

Training hours




Course Mode

Self Paced




6 weeks



Course Status

Self Pacement

Enrollments Start

Jul 31, 2019

Course Opens

Sep 18, 2019

Course Closes

Not Set

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to critically analyze any type of audiovisual communication, regardless of the medium with which it is distributed and delivered to the public.  Starting from the technical elements that distinguish a sequence, it will be possible to determine and then indicate the peculiar characteristics of each audiovisual representation, whether of a cinematographic, television or web context.  The MOOC will also allow to acquire knowledge of the main instruments of audiovisual representation, formats and analogical and digital media, conveyed through all audiovisual media.

No specific prerequisites are required. You should be familiar with cinema, television series, photography and comics.

- Alessandro De Filippo, Ombre (pp. 44-131): 
- Alessandro De Filippo, Videomaking (pp. 9-88):

The course will be delivered through online lessons. The macro-topics covered will in turn be divided into subtopics that will be displayed through individual video lectures. Within the lessons there are numerous examples of sequences, which are analyzed framing by framing.

The certificate is acquired by the participants who complete the activities and evaluations provided for in the course.