Cinematography

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Pam Voth
Cinegear in Burbank anyone?

I was curious if anyone here plans to go to Cinegear LA. I'll be there and would love to connect with new friends. Does anyone know if there are side events after the exhibit floor closes?

Ashley Renee Smith

I'm not attending this year, but may be going next year. It's wild that it will be at WB instead of Paramount. I can't wait to hear how that goes.

Sam Sokolow

I won't be there but wish I was!

Gareth Taylor

Hi Pam Voth ! I'll be there. Not sure which day yet. There are events and open houses all week leading up to it.

Xochi Blymyer

I think I’ll be there on Saturday!

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Florin Şumălan
James Wong Howe -- Cinematographer #01, 1973 (Documentary featuring lighting tutorials with Howe) - Cinematographers on cinematography

"A 21-minute documentary from 1973, James Wong Howe--Cinematographer, gives a glimpse of the great director of photography as he explains a few basics about his craft. A very informative documentary in which the famous cinematographer offers a masterclass on film lighting."

https://youtu.be/e4RLoUyax...

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Sam Sokolow

Wow - watching him light that set up on the stage was amazing. Thank you for sharing this, Florin Şumălan! I loved watching it.

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Sydney Summers
Webinar soon! How to Get Work and Find Representation as a Cinematographer

Stage 32 is excited to welcome back Gareth Taylor for his upcoming webinar! Learn from the DP from Stranger Things!

Cinematography is an art form first and foremost. However, to be sustainable as a profession, one must treat it as a business. The entertainment industry is a notoriously competitive ar...

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Sam Sokolow

What a cool subject for cinematographers and anyone who wants to work in the camera department. Thanks for sharing, Sydney Summers!

Ashley Renee Smith

I'm so glad that Gareth is teaching another Webinar! He's the BEST! =)

Caitlin Bailey

Thank you for sharing this! I registered for it!

Gareth Taylor

Thanks Sydney Summers ! This will be a good one. I have a lot of important information to share and anyone getting their careers started or continuing their journey as a DP will benefit. Thanks for re...

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Caitlin Bailey

Looking forward to it, Gareth Taylor!

Gareth Taylor
Webinar this Thursday, May 30th at 1PM!

Hi all. I am teaching a really important webinar on how to sustain a career as a cinematographer. It will be loaded with insightful information that I've gathered over my 15 years behind the lens.

Sign up here:

https://www.stage32.com/education/c/education-webinars?h=how-to-get-work......

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Jack Binder

Excellent!

Ashley Renee Smith
Koerner's Annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit!

Hey, All!

I just got back from the annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit hosted by Koerner Camera. The event was a blast! I was blown away by some of the amazing new lenses. I even got to hold, and try not to drool over, the gorgeous Iron Glass MKII set. And I'm honestly blown away by Cooke's new SP3 Expand post

Gareth Taylor

I was not there but I got to shoot with the SP3s and they are indeed absolutely lovely.

Ashley Renee Smith
The Cinematic Lighting Trick Hollywood Uses

Hey, DPs!

I just watched this great In Depth Cine video about the importance of overhead ambiance in film lighting! Do you have any tips/tricks to help make your projects feel more cinematic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju0fBDNQDGM...

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Stephen Folker

Love his tips about bouncing light. It's something I do all the time. I feel what really makes a shot look cinematic, is what you frame in the foreground for wide shots or with tight closeups, nice background blur. Look for interesting objects to blur. Thanks for sharing!

Sam Sokolow

What a great topic of conversation. This is something I always want to learn more about. Thanks, Ashley Renee Smith!

Debbie Croysdale

@Ashley Thanks for the share. Even a “Non Techie” like myself understood it. Tons of stuff about lighting on the internet but tips here I’ve not seen before. I’m not a DOP but every little helps to un...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Very cool podcast episode, Florin Şumălan! Thank you for sharing!

Maurice Vaughan

Great share, Florin Şumălan! The shots, sets, wardrobe, and props in "Shōgun" are stunning! I felt like I was in Japan when I watched the series.

Ashley Renee Smith
This Week's In-Person Stage 32 Meetups in Austin & Phoenix!

Hey, DPs!

There are 2 FREE Stage 32 in-person networking meetups coming up this Thursday, May 16th! I'm including links to the meetup pages for you all below. If you live in any of these cities or are nearby, be sure to RSVP and seize this opportunity to meet with other creatives in person and help b...

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Suzanne Bronson
Phoenix AZ Filmmakers!

May In Person Meetup

https://www.stage32.com/meetups/1976

Stephen Folker
2024 - What's your favorite film?

When it comes to being a cinematographer, part of the process is watching other's work. Taking notes.

Anyone have a favorite film this year for its amazing cinematography? It could be an older film or newer film?

Sam Sokolow

Gutíerrez's Frida is pretty terrific. Hard to approach a topic that's been tried but it's brilliant.

Torian Allen

I'll give you a few. Current film has to be Avatar: Way of Water by James Cameron. Despite the CGI, the camera is soft when it needs to be, tracks beautifully around action, and that man's perspective...

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Stephen Folker

Torian Allen thanks for sharing.

Stephen Folker

Sam Sokolow I'll have to check that one out! Speaking of films about artists, did you see the one about Bob Ross?

Sam Sokolow

Stephen Folker I haven't yet but spent many an afternoon in college with Bob Ross on while doing homework. It is high on my list.

Pamela Jaye Smith
Is chiaroscuro for you?

“Why Caravaggio is our screen ages art superstar” – article

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/apr/20/rule-breaker-for-th......

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Rule-breaker for the ages: why Caravaggio is our screen age's art superstar
Rule-breaker for the ages: why Caravaggio is our screen age's art superstar
With his final masterpiece on show in London and his influence all over Ripley with Andrew Scott on Netflix, the troubled painter's appeal endures
Gareth Taylor

Thank you Pamela Jaye Smith . Great article. Caravaggio transformed storytelling before cinema was even invented. As underlined here, his work has inspired filmmakers for many decades....

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Pamela Jaye Smith

Thanks, Gareth.

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