Cinematography

The place to discuss, share content and offer advice and tips on all things lighting, framing, cameras, lenses and technique

Pam Oyka
Help cure seasickness! Give tripods to filmmakers.

Film makers, what is going on?

Please tell a simple viewer, why you don't use tripods or steady-cams anymore?

Why wreck perfectly good scenes with shakey camera work. Krikey, I wanted to vom watching The Victim (BBC). I was a victim of motion sickness. That, and most stuff, is really expensive and wel...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Thank you for posting this Pam, it would be hard to agree with you more. Would that we could find those Film School "teachers", with no experience in the industry, who espouse the idiocy that this cra...

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Pam Oyka

Andrew Sobkovich whew! Thanks for the explainer, and the admission. I thought I was the only one suffering movie-sickness. Nice to know there are filmmakers who still take the craft seriously. I was u...

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Pamela Jaye Smith
"The Only Time You Get To Read A Screenplay Is The First Time"

“The Only Time You Get To Read A Screenplay Is The First Time” – Bruce Logan

And watch other videos there from this multi-talented Emmy-winning Director-Cinematographer-Writer-Visual Effects expert....

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Only Time You Get To Read A Screenplay Is The First Time - Bruce Logan - Film Courage
Only Time You Get To Read A Screenplay Is The First Time - Bruce Logan - Film Courage
Film Courage: When you're hired as a cinematographer, how many times would you read the screenplay for the film you're going to work on? Bruce Logan, Writer/Director/Cinematographer: Well, as I say in…
Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Truth! When I worked at the studios we would read the scripts straight through to "see" the movie. After that when we went through it it was a part of the film making process/planning..

Andrew Sobkovich

Thank you for posting this link Pamela. Anything Bruce says is certainly worth considering.

Brandon Shafto
Aerial footage from Northern Michigan

https://vimeo.com/105187081 Here's some more from the north everybody. Comments welcome.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Business tool - I like that!!

Demiurgic Endeavors

Typical Yooper propaganda film to antagonize the Trolls.

Brandon Shafto

It's actually in the lower P.

Demiurgic Endeavors

Welcome to the lowlanders club.

Brandon Shafto

Awwww Yisssss! I grew up in Waterford/Pontiac. I miss home bad.

Alana Phillips
Crew Call

Any crew members in the Orlando/ Central Florida area that would be interested in working on a comedy short?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Alana. Any call for crew is best placed on the Jobs board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. Paid or not paid. You could also utilize "Browse" found in the upper menu bar and search our member da...

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Colin Rowntree
Rutger Oosterhoff

Colin. interesting learning material. Then again (generally speaking) you could also say watching a feature that is set up this way is made for a 'lazy' audience. And if I remember correct, in most co...

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Colin Rowntree

Totally correct, but what Wes Anderson does is lead the viewer's focus with track and dolly, job or panning from one side of the screen, or top or bottom, to then stop with the main subject dead center. It's always been his signature style and is always fun to see what he comes up with next.

Rutger Oosterhoff

Ok, I get it! It is "part" of his shot(s)! :)

Carolyna Lovely

Loved that. Thanks for sharing it.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Realistic vs. Stylistic Lighting

LOVE this comparison! Same location, two different lighting setups, the "how to" and the "why", all in one! Also, it's with my girl Valentina Vee, so you know it's fun and informative!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fWbx0FMrJFg&...

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How to Develop Your Visual Style | Realistic vs. Stylistic Lighting Explained
How to Develop Your Visual Style | Realistic vs. Stylistic Lighting Explained
The bar scene is one of the most classic settings in film history, yet there are hundreds of ways to light it. Is it a dark and moody setup? Or more high-key...
Karen "Kay" Ross

Does anyone else here follow Valentina Vee?

Jackie Tarascio

A peak into another side of our industry, really enjoyed the video. Thx for the share!

Karen "Kay" Ross

You are most welcome, Jackie! I love Valentina Vee's work, and this one for me was just so fun because of the comparison and the breakdown. Mmm, detailed BTS! LOVE IT!

Harrison Glaser
Key Grip from Amazon's THE BOYS and Netflix's LOCKE & KEY coming to Stage 32

Richard Teodorczyk, who's been a key grip on countless films and TV shows like THE BOYS and LOCKE & KEY is leading a discussion on the camera, gripping and electrical department, how to break in, and how to transition from these roles to DP or director.

This is our first webinar on then camera depart...

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Tim Allen

Really looking forward to this Harrison.

Harrison Glaser

I am too! See you tomorrow!

Shane Stanley

This is great to hear. I hope a lot of people catch these webinars. They’re super important for many different folks regardless of the depts they work in. Everyone should not only be on the same page on set but know why certain things are being done.

Jethro Randell
Doing Day-For-Night

I'm wanting to do a series of scenes set at night in the woods, with lighting motivated by the moon yet want to shoot during the day and grade it in post. Are there any tips on how to make it look better during filming, or anything to avoid doing?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

During filming you're at the mercy of the sun. You don't want a partly cloudy day with clouds moving across the sun. So go with the sun, or go with overcast (great big diffuser). Harsh sun means actor...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Is there a reason you're trying to shoot during the day instead of at night? I'm assuming there is a wide shot involved?

Also, I found this recent video on DFN filming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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Jethro Randell

Yeah, quite a few wide shots. Want to explore that option as it would be better for budget and scheduling to do it in the day time. If I can incorporate it into the style and give it a good look, think it'll be a win-win. Also thanks for the link, will look into filters too

Andrew Sobkovich

Day for night is workable, but there are a number of pitfalls that end up being problematic. With the software we have available it is easy to replace the sky (try to avoid shooting the sky if you can...

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John Doe

Thank you!

Florin Şumălan

You're welcome!

Compositing in Storytelling

Here's another interesting vid about compositing. Now I want to watch all these films! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvLQJReDhic

Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks for sharing! Yeah, composition really is a fantastic marriage between a director's vision for expressing the emotion or theme and the DP's vision for including as much of that emotional informa...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
How to Get Work in the Camera/Electrical/Grip Department WEBINAR with Richard Teodorczyk

What fantastic information about a KEY role in production (pun intended LOL) did you learn?! What's up next for you now that you have these pearls of wisdom?

Jill A. Hargrave
How to find work as Grip, Gaffer and/or Camera Operator

I just checked out a couple of articles that mentions Stage 32's Education Services in the No Film School newsletter. When I clicked on the links below, I was offered a free eBook on How to Write a Screenplay during Quarantine:

https://nofilmschoo...

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