Cinematography

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Filming on a budget

Been sitting on my upgrade for awhile waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to come out. It has 4k cenimatic capabilities which is now industry standard. Can't wait!https://beastgrip.com/blogs/news/the-samsung-galaxy-s8-camera-performance-with-beastgrip-gear

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, all of you in the #BeastgripNation have been incredibly excited to see some sample footage and get our thoughts on its performance. TL;DR: the Galaxy…
Rome Mubarak

Tell me more Ken. Just stating it's not against the article provided above is insufficient.

Ken Hall

All phone cameras shoot in composite HD. They have no raw independent controls in post. The lens is ultra wide and the zoom (if there is one) is digital, not focal. Film is an industry. I’ve been doin...

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Rome Mubarak

Understood and I appreciate the feedback. What's your take on DSLR's shooting "Raw"? ISO1080/ 60sp?

Ken Hall

Most DSLRs are made to be a still camera. The most they can do for video is composite H264, 1080p resolution. The only DSLRs that can do raw video is the higher end Canon models. (I haven’t looked int...

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Rome Mubarak

Lol! Word.So what's your honest professional opinion of the film "Tangerine" and other films shot with 4K phone camera? If you haven't seen or read the reviews it's worth it for those among us on a bu...

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Best Camera for Shooting Reality TV

Hello fellow filmmakers ...i would like your opinios on the best camera for shooting reality TV

Mark Morris

Whatever you do, don't let the post team tell you which cameras to use. Their knowledge of acquisition is nil. They can advise you on the network's required framerate and codec, but that is about all....

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Pup Che

It is not the camera it is the woman behind the camera.

Andrew Sobkovich

Pup, care to explain?

Robert Franklin

I need a new camera too! Sometimes it easy to think they are all good enough for a project you are doing .... but thats not the case.

Ken Hall

Arri Alexa, Red Scarlett, Red Raven or the Canon C700. For TV you need the top of the line raw image.

Camera advice

Seeking advice on a camera to purchase for the production of short films for Vimeo or YouTube. I have a small budget so am looking for good bang for my buck. Thanks

Adrian Muscat

Hi Mark, I have shot a couple of short films on the Canon 5D mkii, Canon C300 and black magic. In my humble opinion these are all great cameras for shooting shorts or features on. Depending on your bu...

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Mark W. McIntire

Adrian, thanks so much. I had looked at Sony but not Canon yet. Cheers

Landis Stokes

I second Adrian's comment. A used Canon 5Dmkii or 7D or Nikon D800 will produce great images when used properly. The only caveat is that you'll have to record sound separately with a Zoom or the like...

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Robert Franklin

I love Sony!

Ken Hall

It depends on how long the shots are. DSLRs shut down after around 16 min of continuous shooting. If you need it for longer shooting time. I recommend a camcorder or something like it. Panasonic makes good ones.

Does Starting with a Comic Book Rather than a Script Save Money

I tell stories in the comic book medium. I'm talking with people about producing them as movies, and one of questions that comes up is whether it at all helps in production to have an already existing comic book. To my way of thinking, you already had one version of the scene as a starting reference...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Do you mean a storyboard? Most re-shoots come from story changes, recasting, technical errors or general lack of planning. But many very cohesive things are shot without even a storyboard, sometimes wi...

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Preston Poulter

I meant an actual comic book.

Suzette Stewart

The comic book idea makes sense to me you have the main idea of the story which saves time deciding what to write about. How do you make it evolve without being so halting and develop the plot without going out of bounds is what you have to work on.

Kody Chamberlain

It's an interesting theory, but I don’t think it’ll hold. I won’t go so far as to say it will never work, but so far I don’t think it has. Even the most loyal adaptations (Sin City, Scott Pilgrim, Log...

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Ken Hall

No because you still need to do a screenplay, break it down into shots, assign those shots numbers, assign those numbers to shoot days. This is how it has worked for almost 100 years of film making. A...

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Analog film camera

Hi guys, Is here anybody from the older generation? if i would like to create an analog film movie, what would i need to make it? I found 1 old camera here (bolex h-16) and i would like to try some play with that. is here anybody with experiences with analog film? Already i am working with Canon AE-1 ...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hi Jakub! I used the Bolex 16mm in college, and I do not remember the book we used. On Amazon.com and found the "Primer for Film Making: A Complete Guide to 16 Mm and 35 Mm Film Production" (1971). Fe...

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Jakub Micuch

Hi Lindbergh, thank you for book advice, i'll try it. Hey, it's nice to know, that they are at Koliba collaborating international! What was that movie? Our cinematography is just growing up now. The c...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

"Behind Enemy Lines" (20th Century Fox). Really enjoyed visiting Bratislava. Most of the crew was picked from all over Europe.

Andrew Sobkovich

Jakub, there are 2 general types of film, negative and reversal. Negative creates a negative image on the original film stock. Reversal creates a positive image on the original film, like slide film....

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Ken Hall

I did this back in film school. It’s an entire process bro. I don’t recommend it unless you 1) have a lot of money to waist & 2) a lot of time. One person cannot make a theatrical film alone in this w...

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Desert plates - small fee

Hi folks. Wondering if anyone based in the desert area in the states capable of knocking off some 4k POV plates riding along the desert..preferably the likes of monument valley or anywhere there's volcanic plugs? general John ford desert area will do. They're to be used as a backdrop for a short fil...

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Andrew Sobkovich

You might try some of the stock footage libraries. This is an offer for 7 days of free downloads, including plates, from an ad in an American Cinematographer junk mail I received https://www.videoblock ...

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Turn any railing into a tripod.
Turn Any Railing into a Tripod with This Pocket-Sized Camera Strap
Turn Any Railing into a Tripod with This Pocket-Sized Camera Strap
Sometimes tripods are just too big, bulky, and heavy to use on a shoot. Miniorengi is hoping to address that issue with the Mini Plaster Hand. We've all been in situations where using a tripod in a ce…
Robert Franklin

Thx for this!

Learn How to Use a Single Softbox to Light 10 Different Scenes
Learn How to Use a Single Softbox to Light 10 Different Scenes
Learn How to Use a Single Softbox to Light 10 Different Scenes
Indie filmmakers typically don't have deep pockets, which is why it's so important to know how to light your scenes with as few lights as possible. This is for several reasons: lights are expensive, D…
Robert Franklin

Thx, RB!

Richard "RB" Botto

My pleasure, Robert! Glad you found the content useful!

Robert Franklin

Not only for me...but passing it along other places!

Richard "RB" Botto

That's paying it forward. Always appreciated around these parts.

Royce Allen Dudley

Thanks for acknowledging less can be more, when the "less" is still quite intentional.

Prime lens and achieving cinematic look in low light

You guys seem to know your stuff. What would be the best "generic" or "below market lens' to compete with the Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP Wide-Angle Cinema Zoom Lens ( estimated at 23k!) for 4k video/filming?

Rome Mubarak

Yep I saw that film. Pretty amazing. Which do you prefer- DSLR or phone?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Depends on what I'm doing and the complexity since I don't own any cameras.

Rome Mubarak

So Lindbergh are you using any zoom lens on exterior scenes that may be far away?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

It depends on what I'm doing, and that will determine what lenses the DP will use. Don't confuse a zoom in with a push in, and don't confuse a using a zoom lens for a close up v. doing a close up. Grab a DP and work together with s/he to get your desired results.

Rome Mubarak

I was just reviewin the movie "Get Out" and to date it grossed over 235 million at the box office. It took Peale 5 years to pull it off. Not sure why it took so long as the cenimatography was rather s...

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Article about Legendary Cinematographers.
The 30 Greatest Cinematographers of All Time
The 30 Greatest Cinematographers of All Time
In common belief, the only job of a Director of Photography is to shoot accurately whatever happens in front of the camera. That is an unfair assumption. One of the main figures in a production―and…
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