Cinematography

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DSLR Mirrorless - Lens suggestions

I recently acquired a Sony a6000 to start up a few short videos/films. The provided lens is decent but a zoom lens, and lack the beauty of some of the primes I got used to working with a friend.
After hunting around a few websites I am a little unsure of what lenses I should aim for. Any suggestions?

Andrew Sobkovich

You are looking for high quality lenses that can be adapted to a variety of cameras, including the one you have. The PL mount is pretty ubiquitous for high end cameras and can be adapted to most other...

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Robert F. Hockaday

Indeed, it has been stressing me a bit. Been staring at various prime lenses forever - also rental places.
Thanks for pointing that out on the PL lenses and adapters. I hear Metabones adapters are pretty good.

Andrew Sobkovich

Going to an APS-C sized sensor a PL mount lens should not need any optical correction. The simplest adapter would just securely mount onto the camera and provide a stable rigid mount for the PL lens 5...

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Lionel Kahn

If you plan on manual focusing, you can get an adapter and go for some vintage full frame still lenses like canon FD lenses. The crop factor will be a bit different so the lenses will shoot longer (lo...

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Rachael Saltzman

Be aware that some mounts (PL for instance) may be too deep and hit your sensor.

Cannes Film Festival

Jut saw Wonderstruck at the Cannes Film Festival. Amazing cinematography! I love the concept and the tone of the picture, very well executed. Well done Todd Haynes!

Lens whacking / Free lensing

This is a technique I've recently started to explore, which involves shooting with out attaching the lens to the camera. You hold the lens in front of your camera's sensor, moving it back and forth to adjust focus. It gives your footage some great looking practical light leaks, and some really stran...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Pretty cool, Keith.

Pat Savage

Very cool effect!

David Timber

Not impressive.

Lionel Kahn

Thanks for putting the video together. I enjoyed seeing the end result.

Buscando cineastas Independientes de habla HISPANA, en diferentes paises del planeta. Con por lo menos 3 trabajos publicados.

Buscando cineastas Independientes de habla HISPANA, en diferentes países del planeta. Con por lo menos 3 trabajos en cine Independiente publicados.  Por favor contactar : Haciendocinehoy@gmail.com

Debbie Croysdale

Gracias. Hasta Luego.

JPL's Cassini's Grand Finale short film is cinematic and very well done.

Was blown away at how cinematic and Hollywood quality it is.

C Harris Lynn

I'm consistently "blown-away" by how Hollywood NASA's footage is. ;)

Mark Ratering

Always love a good Murder MystryStory.

Forced Perspective [HINTS NEEDED]

Hello! I'm kind of newbie here in this Stage 32 network, so I'm sorry for any misuse of the website. I'm a brazilian filmmaker, currently working on an expressionist short movie about some cocaine-addicted guys, and I want to take a shot where two of the characters are walking down a dark road, only...

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"Daydreams of Darkness"

Can anyone tell me if they knew the aspect ratio for the film "Daydreams of Darkness" from 1962 was filmed in?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Never heard of this movie ... one of these three may be a winner: 1:33-1, 1:85-1, 2:35-1. Unless it was an epic I would rule out 2:35-1.

Omar Brown

Thanks

How does one find the right cinematographer or any crew member .

Is there a guide to picking a crew and how does one start?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I would start with the professional or union fellowships: A.S.C.(American Society of Cinematographers) I.A.T.S.E.(International Association of Television & Stage Employees) It's a union and the 600 lo...

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Andrew Sobkovich

The process is not particularly difficult and pretty much falls in line with what you might expect with any hiring process except that creativity is a complication. Let me deal first hand with finding...

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Vitaly Kozlov

It depends what level of production you are looking for. But in any case you don't start looking at union guys first, instead look at the titles you like and see who those guys and girls are, who woul...

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Royce Allen Dudley

If yours is a professional fully budgeted shoot, you may contact agents who represent DP's with your budget and dates, or contact cinematographers whose work you have followed. If a lower budget (non I...

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Ed Blount

Thank you guys. I appreciate the input.

Question about Daily Rates for Cinematographers

What is the average daily rate of a Cinematographer. Creating a budget for the first time. Just need some good average numbers or a website that will provide me with those numbers. Personal message if that works better for you

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hi Caroline - I see you've posted a number of queries on Stage 32. I highly recommend you grab this book from Amazon as it will assist you in creating a budget. It addresses the micro-budget to up to...

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Caroline Bucholz

Thanks so much. I will check into it. Is there website or something where I can get the average daily rates.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

If you're not using SAG, DGA, IASTE ... the rate is whatever negotiated. There can be daily rates or weekly rates or run of show. If using SAG, DGA, IASTE then you want to grab a copy of the "Paymaste...

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Royce Allen Dudley

IATSE has minimums based on the type of show and contract, but most DPs quote higher. Willing to bet 99.5% of any films discussed on this site are non IA, even if SAG. So then rate is open. Better DPs...

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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.

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.

Royce Allen Dudley

The cinematographer creates the image, not the camera. The choice of tool however is not the same as a painter's because film by and large is a collaboration not a solo art. That said, there are compel...

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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.

Mark Ratering

Look at shooting two ways. Now I'm not 100% sure, but you either shoot the s*** out of it or do 2 shots a day. Big money goes with shooting the heck out of it. Soooooooooo when you see something like that that was the best choice.

Christopher Binder

You say to look at it two ways then say you're not sure? I think I'll pass.

Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

I think the only real answer is it was their artistic choice. I'm sure every director has their different reasonings. I know they don't do it for safety though, that's for more indie directors....

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