Cinematography

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

Bryan Bethke
Filters

When to use filters, and when to not use filters? Addem, correct combinations for different circumstances...

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Is there any filmmakers in my network who can help Bryan out?

Henrikas Genutis

Hey Bryan, I guess this is a bit late of a post and hope it helps. Filters are usually a call to make for the cinematographer to get he desired look of the film you’re going for. The most common filte...

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Jared Moses
Introductions

Hello I am a screenwriter who is looking to make the leap to Director. To do this I know I will ultimately need to understand the ends and outs of what a DP does. I would love to form some connections and friendships and learn from as many cinematographers as I can. I have the utmost respect for you...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Hi Jared, there is a lifetime to learn about cinematography if one wants to be a DP but as you plan to direct, you only need to know what a DP does and find one who will support your vision. Most vete...

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Ryan McCoy

I agree with Royce and also enforce my previous statement of just go out and make it. If you don’t know a DP or can’t afford one, shoot it yourself. If you don’t know an editor or can’t afford one, do...

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Dan MaxXx

Collaboration. Share your dream. Don't do everything yourself. You just gotta explain what you want to your people and let them do their jobs.

Usman A. Jalingo

hi, guys i believe in do it yourself someday you will be a better one, because practice make perfect but always ask questions for whats u don`t know

Glenn Roland

"PIGS" Motion Picture filmed in Eastman Color 35mm by Glenn Roland Director of Photography/Cinematograph

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Krystal Alexandria
DIT (Digital Imaging Technician)

Is anyone a DIT? Looking for a mentor. Wanted to learn the common workflows, equipment set up remotely because I'm learning as I go by myself after each job. No I don't have a DIT cart. I have my MacBook, thunderbolt adapter, card readers etc. Some clients were impressed that I have a set up compared ...

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Rakesh Malik

You're on your way with what you have already. Definitely get your hands on some software that handles cloning, metadata management, audio syncing, and rendering that will run well on your machine, li...

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Krystal Alexandria

THANK YOU. This is very helpful.

Rakesh Malik

No problem!

Bryan Bethke

GPU power, has many more cores then a Mac.

Aalijah Amaro
Greenscreen

Hey everyone, So I have a production in the works and one of the scenes requires green screen. I've done green screen before and understand the lighting procedure, I was just curious as to if anyone had any tips for green screen as far as keying or bringing in a certain effect over the green screen....

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David Trotti

Have your matching plate available on set. Do a live mix in the monitor if you can to check rough position and scale. Frame and shoot a few mm wider than scale to allow for fine tuning and repositioni...

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Aalijah Amaro

Great thanks

Royce Allen Dudley

Shoot your plates first. Otherwise, you have nothing to match subject lighting or angle to on stage.

Jakub Micuch
What kind of camera for outdoor shooting?

Hey guys, how are you? I'm going to shoot some outdoor scenes (hiking etc) so I would like to choose some good device to do this job. Do you have any recommendations? I think best would be combo with Ronin M, so it should be something small. But what about RAW codec? Not sure if h264 is good solutio...

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Jakub Micuch

Yes BMD could release it late this year. Not good I would need it in may/june.. But it looks really good for now. With EF speedbooster it could be really nice piece. URSA mini has body weight 2,3kg it...

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Diane Knight

I haven't experienced the Kinefinity Terra 4K, so wouldn't like to comment? hopefully someone else will be able to add some insight...x

Rakesh Malik

Black Magic cameras work well for outdoors, thanks to their wide dynamic range and relative compactness. Never mind that they're also inexpensive. :) I've only been able to play with the Kinefinity cam...

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Jakub Micuch

Kinefity is chinese company from what I am little afraid if I have to say true. But recently they added some dealers in Europe. I don't know.
These days I am thinking about ursa mini pro. Looks interesting.

Alex Darke

Any of the DSLR options would do the trick. The GH5/GH5s or A7s options are good. Whatever you choose, I would suggest renting or buying a variable ND filter so you can open up your lens and get some...

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Rafael Brom
Art of motion pictures
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Permanent Heimweh nach München, und mit der Unterstützung meiner guten Freunde, habe ich beschlossen, erneut zu erstellen, aus der bayerischen Hauptstadt und das Zentrum aller wichtigen Medien. Die…
Tony Marzano
DP Questions?

Hi, I’m looking to produce and direct a piece I wrote this summer. It’s a short film, roughly ten minutes long, two actors, one location (Int and Ext). I’m wondering what I should expect to pay a cinematographer for a full day shoot? Also, how much should I expect to pay for editing? Additionally, i...

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Tony S.

You know, I didn't check his venue. I'm in a NYC head. Seattle should be cheaper. I never said the on-line, correct and mix were one job, I was writing sparsely. $800/day in LA is about $65 - $80 an ho...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Sorry... 2 Tonys :) I was referencing editorial to the OP re $800/ day. 10 hour day. Just edit. I know good ones exist cheaper... very hard to find in my experience.

Tony S.

NP. :)

Tony Marzano

Thanks for the awesome input guys!

Tony S.

Welcome Tony Marzano Great first name. ;)

C. D-Broughton
Buy or rent camera?

Prices in Finland (where I am right now) are ridiculous for rentals, whereas firms like Black Magic offer high quality (or so I've been advised) for a low cost. Their Pocket Cinema is supposed to be 4K cinema-quality, though they - and other companies - have other 4K budget options, so I'm not restr...

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C. D-Broughton

Thanks.

I had considered the DoP with gear but, well, cha-ching is a big factor. We'll have to keep looking around for prices (not at loss of quality).

The concept is very easy-shoot though, with a no-n...

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Royce Allen Dudley

If 4K is a delivery requirement make absolutely certain that the actual 4K codec you are working in satisfies those requirements. "4K" is not a single format. Netflix is a good example- their partner...

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Ryan McCoy

Speaking from experience, the Black Magic is a gem. I’ve used it on multiple productions this far. But, don’t let the equipment stop you from creating. Everything you need is right in your hands, brother. Let me know if I can help you out.

Andrew Sobkovich

Ryan, when did you use the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? As it is not yet released to the public, was everything on the pre-production you must have used working? What insights can you share from using this camera?

Rakesh Malik

The Pocket 4K camera isn't available yet. Most of BMD's cameras have been very good though; there were some that had QC problems early on, but the cameras are pretty solid now -- enough to get on the...

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Patrick Meraz
D.P recommendations?

Hey Everybody,
I am interested in shooting a western this summer and I need help finding awesome Los Angeles (or nearby) cinematographers. Please respond with thoughts and links of reels.
Thanks,
Patrick

Aalijah Amaro

Hey Patrick,
I am definitely interested in helping out. Here's a link to a short that I was the DP and writer for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgvkrVrKf94

Dan MaxXx

What's your budget?

Patrick Meraz

At Dan: Budget is $1000

Shawn Yeo

hey patrick, would like to help you shoot your western this summer, i do have gear, this is my reel- www.cinedirector.net feel free to email me directly at shawnon2@gmail.com...

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Landis Stokes
Micro Drone Cinematography...?

Not mine, had to share.
Simplicity and mastery with cheap tools at its best.
https://youtu.be/MI2tgUKK3Ds

Essence Laurel Jones
Best Animation Software

I finished my script and want to make the animated film myself. I am looking for any suggestions on the software I should use.

Ryan McCoy

Have you looked at some of the software available on tablets/iPads for animation? Might be the most cost efficient way to go. Wishing you the best because you definitely have a mountain to climb!

Tony Martinez

Depends are you looking for 2D or 3D?

Shane Kelly Davis
Shooting Outdoors

I am working on a project that's outdoors. It's a sort of survivalist horror film. Does anyone know how I can shoot nature (the woods) to look eerie or looming sense of dread that comes with being outside. Thanks Shane

Alex Darke

I think of the dread of being in the woods coming from not knowing if there's something lurking around the corner or in a bush. So highlighting those moments with good sound design - the sound of the...

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Larry DeGala

maybe something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq5yg6pIMcs

Chuchi Rivero

Coolers with lots of dry ice works wonders

Alfred Cox

shoot during an overcast day.. and color grade in post.

Royce Allen Dudley

Some elements to consider... Keep everything back/edge lit by lower sunlight through trees. Color pallette leaning towards cool (blues and foliage bluegreen). Crushed blacks... increase contrast carefu ...

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