Cinematography

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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!

Anyone else using a Sony a99 and blowing the competition away?

I find you can shot on an Alexa or a iPhone 3gs but if your composition is bad or the image is flat or even worse the action/acting is bad it does not matter that I have shot on $80k gear bad shot is a bad shot.

Richard Thrift
Budget Film Cinematography

I am wondering what people here have created (pvc jibs etc) and or made use of to get that perfect shot?

JD Hartman

Is the design based on plans found online, a knockoff of a known jib like the Seven or the Jimmy Jib or are you just winging it? How will it interface to the tripod?

Doug Nelson

A 5' reach seems about right on a 4' tripod. My first one had 15' of lift on a very heavy 5' speaker tripod (thrift store $5.00) and supported the camera well but the slightest breeze caused camera wobble.

JD Hartman

Yes a heavy DJ speaker tripod would be a better choice for a base than putting that weight and stress on the joints of your camera tripod.

Doug Nelson

Yeah, it works. That sucker can lift the engine out of your car - but it's a pain to move about. I used a 20' top rail pivoted at 5'. It works but has a lot of camera wobble, especially when moving on...

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Richard Thrift

From all of the DIY instructional videos on YouTube I am convinced Doug is right.

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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Canon Surprises With Two Camera Announcements | Filmmaker Magazine
Canon Surprises With Two Camera Announcements | Filmmaker Magazine
Canon has announced two new cameras, one expected, the other a bit of a surprise: the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon C700 Cinema Camera.
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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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.

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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Kirk Johnson
Retro scifi - the old school bw look

We're getting set to start filming a new Retro Science Fiction adventure series and want the film to look like the stylings of Metropolis. What digital camera and filter program would be out there to do a convincing job of this?

Gianluca Bertone

Hello Kirk, when I read your post I immediately had a thought in my mind... I think you should make a camera test with a 16mm Digital Bolex camera in black & white.

Michael LaVoie

HitFilm has the plugin you want for old, aged, damaged film stock. Also Magic Bullet Looks has great effects for that. There are some LUT's from Impulz that are good high and low con B/W.

Kirk Johnson

Thanks for the input I will look into these suggestions :)


Andrew Sobkovich

Any camera will work as long as the resolution and colour allow you to finish the images to your quality requirements and taste. To get B&W from colour footage, whatever program you are using has to b...

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Jason Joseph
Looking for Help Determining a Production Cost

Hello! I'll attempt to make this as short as possible. Im the creator of a new charity organization called Six Beats Of Separation™ Celebrities share their favorite song, photos are made of them listening to it, and we connect the viewer to the exact moment in the song that the images were made. Pri...

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Ketevan Nozadze

Happy New Year to all off you and have a wonderful year.