Cinematography

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Cutting To Extreme Wide During Conversations

So I noticed in Rogue One when Vader is talking with Krennic that occasionally they'll cut to an extreme wide shot of the room and the large window that shows outside then cut back to over the shoulder. What's the motivation for that? Why include that in the coverage? I also noticed it done once in...

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Patrick Freeman

I haven't seen the movie but it might be what's called a "cat-in-the-window" shot. Often a director will include shots like that just in case. Sometimes the edit doesn't go smoothly. Maybe there's a c...

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Christopher Binder

Has some merit I guess.

Zach Smith
Panasonic GH5

Who is excited about this release? Please leave your thoughts and opinions below!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I think it is great but I am staying with the SONY A7Aii. Why? No reason I am just the Writer/Director/Producer. I let my DP decide. And if that what he wants to use I am okay with it.

Theresa Clark
A Bit Of Cinematography Advice From Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Top 10 Tips: Bond cinematographer Roger Deakins - BBC News
Top 10 Tips: Bond cinematographer Roger Deakins - BBC News
From the section Entertainment & Arts Roger Deakins is the director of photography on films such as The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Skyfall, the most…
Patrick Freeman

I particularly like his point #5 Don't Just Copy Others.I'm so sick of seeing the same tired and boring techniques over and over again by DPs who think they're being trendy. Shaky Cam is one obvious e...

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Panasonic GH5 Raises the Bar with 6K and Much More

Last week, we talked Black Magic. This week a Panasonic GH5 review. What say you? http://filmmakermagazine.com/101015-panasonic-gh5-raises-the-bar-with-6k......

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Panasonic GH5 Raises the Bar with 6K and Much More | Filmmaker Magazine
Panasonic GH5 Raises the Bar with 6K and Much More | Filmmaker Magazine
Panasonic's GH4 has been a hit with documentary and low-budget indie filmmakers thanks to its small size, internal 4K recording and low cost. But it's now over two and a half years old, and in today's…
Steven Harris Anzelowitz

BENSONHURST- The Stage 32 Camera guys are going to love this shared content. CANARSIE OUT!

Mark Ratering

Just three words.Lens Lens Lens

Matthias Leemhuis

Panasonics mirrorless cameras are crazy

Royce Allen Dudley

Yes, producers demand you provide more K's.

Debbie Croysdale

Non Techies like me need these threads. Thanks guys. Ive never worked a camera but Im going to put myself to the test of learning. Dread to think of the bullshit i would be told, walking in the store as a total Greenhorn.

Hello oscar!!!

What are your (3) favorite all time OSCAR winners for best in CINEMATOGRAPHY?

Brian Shell

Gotta add "Legends of the Fall"... I once met DP John Toll while working as an extra on Almost Famous and told him that he'd be the cinematographer I'd want to work on my epic supernatural suspense drama should it ever get green-lit one fine day.

Paris Holmes
If it puts out a clean image, does it matter what camera you use?

A lot of people hit me up telling me they like my reel and want to hire me to shoot but when finding out that I use a Canon 5d Mark II they change their mind. Thought I owned a newer camera.

Doug Nelson

As a Producer - I don't care what camera you use, I do care about how well you use it. I've seen some good stuff come out of a 5D (I've also seen some real junk out of a Red Epic). I have some persona...

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Larry DeGala

Paris, getting the Ursa is a smart business move. You have all those large monitors on both sides. You gain the confidence of producers, and they'll love you twice as much. As a "Power Shooter," sometimes you have to flex those muscles and nail the shot like a boss!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

As a screenwriter/director/producer with (3) copyrighted scripts going into production, If it looks clean and sharp and clear and is excellent use of skill. Than why do I care or would anyone care wha...

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Tori Rice

Sadly they are probably expecting an actual Cinematography camera. Example: Red, or black magic ursa. Its expensive and not really worth the money since cameras are updating all the time. But if you want more gigs I would suggest to start out with the mini black ursa.

Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

They saw you had a dslr and thought their bts photos on instagram wouldn't have looked as cool.
i'm getting the ursa mini in two weeks. looking forward to it.

Tivoli Silas
Aspect Ratio of On the Waterfront

This video essay analyzes the different aspect ratios of On the Waterfront. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7-aMi4Rr-4&feature=youtu.be

Heather Hale

Yes, really interesting. Thank you! I love visual essays about cinematography! Have you seen Every Frame a Painting? Google! ;-)

Tivoli Silas

Yes. Every Frame a Painting is great!

Jeff Lyons

Thanks for sharing ... very cool stuff...

James Day

Nice to see how cinematography played a role in the earlier movies. The essays were really great. It reminds me when the Aliens came out with James Cameron and all of the entertainment people were dis...

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Reel Brit

Very informative. Thanks for posting

Alicia Benjamin
Youtuber with DIY Viewfinder idea

This Youtuber has discovered the cheapest way to get around the NO Viewfinder camcorders that they have been making over the past few years. In my opinion, this is genius. Here's his post. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-3CUTNoOs This is my comment to his Youtube post: I gotta tell...

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John Keedwell

Great stuff, a cost effective solution!

Alicia Benjamin

I thought so too John. It's so simple and you couldn't find a cheaper way to create a viewfinder. I am glad though that some of the other filmmakers have given me additional suggestions.

John Keedwell

Does it have to be that brand of Ginger tea? ; ) In all seriousness this is a tried and tested method of improvising a solution to overcome expense or other obstacles. I think I would disguise the box...

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Mark Ratering

Like that it's a Chinese box.

Lyn Caudle

I have so done this!

Let's Talk Canon!

2 new cameras announced... one clearly taking a stab at RED's market. What does this mean for RED and ARRI? http://filmmakermagazine.com/99771-canon-surprises-with-two-camera-annou......

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JD Hartman

The 5D is still a digital stills camera that happens to have the ability to record video. Former Cannon 5DmkII owners are still giving themselves dope slaps for upgrading to the 5DmkIII. I doubt they will be as easily fooled this time around.

Mark Ratering

Gonna check out that Canon C700 Cinema Camera. Tnx

Royce Allen Dudley

Being that RED is a fashion and attitude statement as much as a film tool, it's unlikely other products will draw it's fanboys away. iPhone advocates rarely switch to Samsung, Honda owners don't trade...

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Christopher Binder

These days as long as you have a way to capture an image in high enough resolution, you can just do the rest in post to be honest. Not the preferred way but, it is possible.

Pat Savage

I shot my last music video with my I Phone 6 and it has just passed 75,000 views. I agree with Si just look at the history of film and innovations leapfrogging over each other..

Juan Abad

Mind showing us the music video, Pat?

Mark Ratering

I'll say it once I'll say it a million times...always impressed interiors lower light can leave the exteriors except for "once in a while shot" at home. But you did a good job. Just those contrasts.

Bizzy Amor
Career in Cinematography?

Cinematography as a career choice is changing drastically. Is it still as viable an option as it was 10 years ago?

Bizzy Amor

Amazing perspectives guys, thank you! I agree Richard, networking does appear to be key and Michael's point about climbing up the mountain rather than through supports it. David, your points all feel...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Your personal brand is everything these days, Bizzy. Who you are, what you stand for, what you bring to the table.

Andrew Sobkovich

Hard question to answer because the reality is that, for the most part, no. Camera or any other below the line endeavors in our industry are no longer a reasonable career choice currently or, sadly, i...

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April Mae Berza

It actually depends.

Mark Ratering

So it's back to being a poor lonely artist...40 years and a full circle.

Tyler Del Cont
4k camera

I'm trying to find a really good 4k camera thats not too expensive less than $2000 for a beginner cinematographer

Rothnak Pitou Bun

G7 or gh4

Jhonny Gleez

Gh4

Ken Hall

I'd be willing to bet you have a $1000 camera in your pocket that does 4K. Your iPhone or Samsung phone. They are all amazing and put out a decent quality video. If you want a nice gimbal and camera, the DJI Osmo is good and it's expandable for pro lenses. It has a wicked stabilizer on it.

April Mae Berza

Try looking for 4k cameras in ebay.com

Mark Ratering
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