Cinematography

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Marci Urling

Hi People,

Do any of you know of a good site that you can sell camera equipment on?

Thank you.

Andrew Sobkovich

Marci as you are in Los Angeles, the easiest is Craigslist. Seriously. Buying or selling gear in a location where the industry has a large footprint can be easy. Lots of potential buyers and sellers....

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Shawn Yeo

try the letgo app

Hannes Famira

https://lensfinder.com and https://www.sharegrid.com

Tony Martinez
Story
Why the Best Cinematographers Are Struggling to Find Films to Shoot
Why the Best Cinematographers Are Struggling to Find Films to Shoot
Roger Deakins and Rachel Morrison on how the world of franchise movies and low-budget indies make it a hard time to be a cinematographer. Roger Deakins arrived at TIFF with his new film "The Goldfinch…
Kay Luke

I'm betting this is just a lull before a cascade of good, mid budget, beautiful to the eye films comes our way in a few years. People are bound to get tired of looking inward. They'll need DPs to show them what's out there.

Laura Tabor-Huerta
Really bad cinematography lately

It seems there is a proliferation of bad cinematography for low budget and especially no budget films now. I mean it has always been that way to some extent but with the ability maybe to shoot a film with a phone I am seeing some folks do the Directing AND shooting because they can logistically and...

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Doug Nelson

Remember the days of Dad and his brand new 8mm camera? History has a way of repeating itself.

M L.

Yeah but I wouldn't say "bad" necessarily. We're past that point now where lens adaptors would provide telltale signs of up-and-coming DP's. Digital Cinema Cameras now are almost idiot proof when it c...

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Royce Allen Dudley

M L. technology used has zero to do with professional results. A camera is as good or bad as the human behind and the lighting, subject and scene in front of it. All of those things are cinematography...

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M L.

Good tech won't save a badly written, horribly acted or poorly photographed/edited feature film. It's true. But what good tech will do is highlight the amateur hour in a way that confuses the audience...

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Rakesh Malik

Right... since so many people these days assume that anyone who bought a cinema camera is a DP, and there are so many film festivals that will accept just about anything anyone submits as long as it plays, it's easy for people who have no talent to find people who will pat them on the back.

Tony Martinez
Color Palette
Filmmaking Techniques: How to Master Color Theory in Film
Filmmaking Techniques: How to Master Color Theory in Film
FILMMAKING TECHNIQUES: EPISODE 5 How can I accentuate my movie color palette? In our fifth episode on Filmmaking Techniques and visual storytelling, we look at another critical element to the story: c…
Jami Mahmood
How to rent out personal Arri cameras and anamorphic lenses?

Hello everyone. Just for starters im not sure if i can start a conversation for my cine equipment rental here. So once i feel its ok then will need some help and advice how to go about it. Thx

Mayra Ferrer
Doug Nelson

I saw one in a Thrift Store a couple of months ago but it wasn't worth the $20 they were asking to me. You got a lot more 'Thrift stores' in LA. I find costumes, props and all sorts of film suitable junk there - I picked up a 128gb class 10, 98mbs card for $1 last week.

Dan MaxXx

Donate to a local film school or to a sound stage like Kaufman studios. They got flatbed trucks to pickup.

JD Hartman

There are no schools in the NYC area (that I know of) where the students shoot anything on film. Kaufman would have no use for it, they aren't an editing house. Calling DuArt would be longshot.

Dan MaxXx

JD Hartman My film school has hundreds of 16mm movies in their vaults and I know other film schools have 16mm libraries. Having a steenbeck is one way to view them.

Mayra Ferrer

Thank you to all who have made suggestions! I’m following all the positive ones. I know there is a place for it.

Louis Tété
The Black magic pocket 4k camera

Looking to buy a new decent camera to shoot short and feature contents, what do you think of the BMPC? Do you have any cam to recommend without going over the roof regarding price. Thank you all.

Louis Tété

Andrew Sobkovich you rock, thanks a lot for all these details. What cam do you use for your productions? Besides BPCC, what camera would you recommend with fair prices?

Andrew Sobkovich

My usual choices for main camera are Sony Venice, F65 or F55, Alexa, or Panasonic V35. Various other cameras for specific shots or scenes.

Fair price is a relative term. What whole camera system can gi...

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Craig D Griffiths

I own one and I love it. However. BMD just release a pocket 6K this morning for only $2500. It has a super35, does desqueezed anamorphic and has an EF mount. Gotta say I am thinking of selling my 4K.

Laura Tabor-Huerta

Many low budget folks us phones now with stuff attached, been meaning to look into that. I would guess the Black Magic has better lens/shutter options..

Debbie Croysdale

Thanks to everyone for Techie info here. I'm marking thread so I can come back to it later.

Jesse Richardson
Learning

how do you find actors

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Check your state's and city's film commission, check your city's theaters and university ...

Laura Tabor-Huerta

Online posts to local actors groups or online film board listings. Also as a Director/writer as well as cinematographer I find it helpful to take acting classes to get better at what I do and I meet them there.

Robert Bailey

There are casting websites, used by casting directors, where actors post their profiles, including headshots and resumes and usually clips and/or reels of their work. The most well known in Los Angele...

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Carl Welden
Matching headroom on wide & tight shots

On behalf of the sound department, just a friendly reminder for camera setups involving more than one angle (example: one camera wide, the other tight) on your shot list: MATCHING HEADROOM! MATCHING HEADROOM! MATCHING HEADROOM! Be kind to your boom operators, who are riding the frame-line, lest dial...

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Carl Welden

Shots fired...lol

Laura Tabor-Huerta

Good reminder-thanks!

Lance Lucero
Real Film...

Anyone out there shooting real film..?

Craig D Griffiths

I did see and interesting dynamic range test between digital and film. Film was outstanding in over exposed situations but digital had better low light performance. I know it depends on the camera and the film stock. But I think it would probably hold true as a basic rule.

Lance Lucero

The film stocks of today are very dynamic and have a lot of range. In a lower light situation, I was able to pull more image out of the shadows than I have seen pulled out of digital. With the B&W Tri...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Tri-X has been around, unchanged, for a long time. For good reason, nice film stock.

I recall measuring in excess of 5 stops of latitude on 7266, the 16mm version. This is backed up by the Kodak publis...

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Laura Tabor-Huerta

Occasionally I do some S-8 film for the effect, but it has been years now! Not sure where I would get that processed anymore. I did copy "film style" shooting recently by doing an "in camera edit" sho...

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Laura Tabor-Huerta

One thing one could do regarding this "The cost & editing simply got out of reach" is shoot in film and then look at the footage and only transfer the best segments to digital for editing.

Tony Martinez
Technology
Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Trailer Reveals First Footage of "De-Aging" VFX Techniques
Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Trailer Reveals First Footage of "De-Aging" VFX Techniques
The trailer for Martin Scorsese's anticipated Netflix drama The Irishman has arrived, offering a first look at the production, which relied on "de-aging" visual effects. The biographical movie stars R…
Amanda Toney
Diary of a DP - How to Shoot Horror Films [& Scare the Bejesus Out of Your Audience!]

Gotta give some love to my friend @ShawnYeo's new blog, it's awesome - let him know in the comments!: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Diary-of-a-DP-How-to-Shoot-Horror-Films-and......

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Debbie Croysdale

Re my ranting on Worms eye view. Apart from obvious POV of onlooker, a kind of fourth dimension can occasionally be achieved, in that the person or thing the protagonist is looking at becomes a charac...

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Danielle Winston

Thanks for sharing this!

Andrew Sobkovich

Debbie, your "worm's eye view" shot falls into the category of a "subjective shot". As delineated in many places, there are 3 shot types, objective, subjective and point-of-view. Mascelli's very worth...

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Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Andrew I agree about text book terminology. But some shots do not fall into a written formula because of the “thoughts and feelings” surrounding a take. If a baby was being smothered and this is what their little eyes see, I would say POV from purely a psychological viewpoint.

Andrew Sobkovich

I do love your "worms eye view" description :-) Certainly evocative.

Mascelli had a specific approach when describing, over many pages, what shots are. Worth reading and then moving on.

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