Cinematography

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Tamanna Chandel
How deep does one need to know about Cinematography?

Hello! I just wanted to ask, while writing a pilot or any script, is it necessary to have a knowledge of the cinematography jargon? If there is a certain way I am thinking of presenting a scene visually, in terms of camera placement etc., how much of it should be mentioned into my script (by how muc...

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Christopher Phillips

Vincent Turner shots are planned during storyboarding.

Vincent Turner

Maybe there is a shot you hope you do not forget. It's wrong to write it down they tell you, but you are making art so if you need the shot write it in. There is a whole different way you might look a...

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Vincent Turner

Christopher Phillips what if you don't want to show speech. Is it wrong to write a whole scene with shots? It takes up the page that's the only down side I see. In fact it is storyboarding marker to a...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Great question and discussion. Ready for one of my lengthy humble opinion diatribes? There are countless long standing rules in film making. Some will argue they can be broken at will, or in some circ...

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Vincent Turner

I think you afford to step out the box and try on your next filler scene to make the entire scene with all shots. You make a perspective that way. When you have it all in mind you have grown a new limb. Then you become the spider.

Ryan Little
How to make the transition from Cinematographer to Director

Check out my webinar class for Cinematographers that are trying to become full-time directors. Here is the link: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-to-Make-the-Transition-from-Cinematographer-to-Director

Mariano de Luca
What a DP looks for in a Director...

Hi everyone! So, Karen E Ross suggested me to write about what a DP would look for in a Director, and I thought it's a really interest subject and would love to know what other DP's think about it. I think that for me it's crucial to have that connection with the Director where you feel that both of...

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Mariano de Luca

Karen, the PD stands for “Production Designer”, what I believe is the other point of the creative part in that triangle of Director, DP and PD. Being a leader as a DP is critical with your own crew (c...

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Karen E Ross

Oh, HA! I should have known, but I've not had the pleasure to work with a Production Designer professionally (only in film school). #CareerGoals You are absolutely right, though. Truly integral to the look of a film!

Karen E Ross

Reading over this again, I also think having a clear tone and theme communicated allows for that cohesion you were talking about, Mariano de Luca. For me, that's something that is defined by the write...

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Royce Allen Dudley

When a DP considers collaborating with a director it's also critically important the DP identify the director's work style and experience level, as well as what they expect from said DP. Some director...

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Karen E Ross

Royce Allen Dudley You make a very good point! This is why I often suggest falling in love with the work of your DP before pursuing them so you know what they bring to the table and can invite them to...

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Emily Skye
Blog drop on safe sets

Hi filmmakers! I know this time is crazy, I just wrote a blog on how it was to film during a pandemic safely. I would Love to hear how you practice safety on sets. https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-to-Film-Safely-During-a-Pandemic...

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Karen E Ross

WooT! SUCH a great resource! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us!

Tony Martinez
Karen E Ross

This is an AMAZING artcle! What a great reflection into how/why you could shoot an entire film with one lens. Thank you for sharing, Tony!So, if you could only use one - which one would you use, do you think?

Royce Allen Dudley

In flat Super 35 format, 32mm or 40mm would be a good choice for most films... and has been, for most films that shot that way in that format.

Karen E Ross

Royce Allen Dudley Did you read the blog about the award-winning short that filmed during COVID? The DP used the same glass from Alien and I think she said she only used the one lens. I'm pretty sure...

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Artemus Cole
Hey there Cinematographer-- Is any in the NYC area

I have a horror/Thriller film that is FUNDED and scheduled to shoot for 2 Weeks in late August. Given all the quarantine concerns it has been quite a unique adventure trying to find a good DP for the shoot that can operate within a solid budget. Any have a reel of work they can email me and are will...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Artemus. Perhaps post on the Jobs board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or a search for creative partners, paid or not paid. The Lounge craft and b...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, you could also utilize "Browse" found in the upper menu bar and search our membership by location and occupation. Perhaps reach out to a cinematographer in your area. ;)

Artemus Cole

Thank you so much I will definitely do that!

Charles Baldwin
The sigma fp camera on the fourth

I rented a sigma fp camera. This is an extremely versatile cinema grade camera. There are literally hundreds of attachments and it can take all kinds of lenses. Here is a link to the product page:

There is a video floating out there somew...

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Main feature | fp | Cameras | SIGMA Corporation
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Karen E Ross

Hey Charles, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Introduce Yourself to Cinematography, as it fits much better there. But feel free to do another...

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Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services
Films with the best cinematography?

Hey cinematographers! Looking for some recommendations of lesser known, beautifully shot films. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is always the first to come to mind, but what are some other gems I may have missed over the years?

Kyle LIttle

Carlitos way! And scarface, terminator 2 is still one of the most beautifully shot films ever! And no matter what point of professionalism you get to, the godfather is always a film to go back to and...

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Karen E Ross

I loved teaching IB Film because you are asked to show foreign films. I particularly liked The Conformist (1970 - https://www.amazon.com/Conformist-Jean-Louis-Trintignant/dp/B073SGZB2L/r...) and Le Ha...

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Dan MaxXx

Moonlight. $1M budget. One camera.

Alejandro Covo

I would say tree of life, children of men and enter the void stood out to me the most

Glenn Roland

Hi Nick...

""The BAD and the BEAUTIFUL" Robert Surtees Director of Photography. One of the Best!

Peace & BeSafe, Glenn

Tom Luca
Masters of cinematography

Not to raise debate, but what are some of your favorite motion picture cameras and the DP/Cinematographers behind them? What Masters of Cinematography do you look to as a mentor or that have inspired you? Here's ours, not in any order: Douglas Slocombe (UK) "Douggie so affectionately referred to by...

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Kyle LIttle

I think the funniest thing about this post, is that even the picture quality (art wise) of just an old INTERVIEW looks better then more than half the films today

Glenn Roland

Hi Tom:

FYI... I was LightingDP/Gaffer on Allen's first two feature films "BLEEP"

& "THE BROTHERS O'TOOLE" + the TV Movie "MOOCH Goes To HOLLYWOOD".

Also Dean finished the last few days of filming of...

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Valerie Michele Oliver
Need Female Cinematographer/DP for Q&A with Student Intern Producers

Hi. I'm setting up a Q&A requested by 4 student interns who are working as assistant producers on a TV series project (https://thepursuitstudio.net/internships-independent-studies/). So far they've met with a screenwriter. A veteran male producer, award-winning documentary woman filmmaker, and award...

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Karen E Ross

Hey, Valerie Michele Oliver! Your best bet is to list a job: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add

You can also lookup member based on occupation and location here: https://www.stage32.com/people...

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Dan MaxXx

Free webinar. Cinematographer's roundtable. Maybe one of them will mentor

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iXEFwCK6R1WgbxpsCSMDAw...

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Valerie Michele Oliver

Laurie Gabriel - Thanks for the lead. Will follow-up!

Valerie Michele Oliver

Karen E Ross - Excellent suggestions! Thanks. It's hard work running a virtual internship program. LOL! I have individual bi-weekly assignment check-ins with them via Zoom, as well as weekly developme...

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Valerie Michele Oliver

Wow. Thanks for this Dan MaxXx! Hopefully I can make it. May also require the interns to attend. Although, one of them said to me during my bi-weekly check-in with her: "It's been a rough week. You've...

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Alyscia Cunningham
Camera Advice

I'm considering purchasing a film/photo camera and was referred to Sony A6400 or A6500 mirrorless. Does anyone have any experience with this camera? If so, how do you like it and what do you think about the quality?

If not, do you have suggestions for a camera under $1K?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hey there! I'd recommend Google best video cameras under $1,000, and then see which ones fit what you wish to shoot. Just ensure you can shoot log or a flat profile (for color correction later), good...

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Alyscia Cunningham

Thanks Lindbergh!

Karen E Ross

If you buy used, you could get a Sony A7s for $1k

Javier Armijo
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