Cinematography

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

Gary McClurg
Cinematography Online Courses or Tutorials

I’m trying to get better at shooting with my Sony Fs5. My main work in the industry has been as a producer. But I’ve sold one script and have two others option in the past. But of course they where never made. But at least I got paid.

But relearning the market now. So looking for good resources that...

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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.

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.

Craig D Griffiths

As an update. Kept the 4k. Got a metabones .64 cine lock adapter for it. With the latest firmware it is amazing. The colour science and dynamic range makes it a no-brainer for me.

More dynamic range (for an extra $30,000) may be nice. But I just plan shots better and save my cash.

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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Damian Lloyd

Why are you asking in the Cinematography lounge?

Hayward Crawford

Thanks Florin, what were your thoughts on this video?

Florin Şumălan

Hayward, I don't know what to say..I didn't think about what were my thoughts about this. I watched the video because I like this film of Stanley Kubrick (I don't know if I am right, but I think that...

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Sean Mannion

Really interesting look at how the film was shot. Thanks for sharing!

Tony Ray
Equipment Question

If I were to look for a type of tripod that can move automatically, what would I be looking for and where would I look?

Andrew Sobkovich

A tripod that can move automatically… Starting with a basic pan and tilt, the movements can get more and more complex. Much of the answer depends upon the meaning of “automatically”.

To me the closest...

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Tony Ray

I'm planning on filming a short. One of the shots is a pan shot following a character's path around a bar from behind it. The setting of the scene is dark, with only one light on. Budget's fairly tight (I know, not the best circumstances).

Andrew Sobkovich

Ahh... You're looking for something that will automatically track an actor even if you can't see them?

There are a few systems I’ve heard of that use tracking beacons hidden on the actor. “Soloshot” i...

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Tony Ray

More along the lines of "I am the whole crew". All great suggestions!

Andrew Sobkovich

Do whatever you have to do to make your short. The work-around you come up with, a film-making solution, will be a learning experience and a benefit in the long run. The cost of specialized equipment...

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Michael Connolly
What Cine lenses to buy for a Sony camera.

Need some advice, I am a documentary film maker who is making his first Indie low budget film. I have a Sony FS7 I love and want to buy 2 cine lenses for it. any recomendations?

Adrian Roup

Btw your work looks great! Lets keep in touch!

Michael Connolly

Hey thanks a lot!

Michael Connolly

going to AFM?

Adrian Roup

Sorry I missed you! Will send you my email by DM.

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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Andrew Sobkovich

William

Artisan? The new technology dumbing the capture of images down to a very very low common denominator is one of the significant issues behind crap shooting in a lot of cases. Yes this causes tro...

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William Kavan

Andrew, Yes. I teach my students the art of visual storytelling in relation to filmmaking. I was merely addressing the combination of technological advancement and the effect of the current cycle of d...

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Andrew Sobkovich

The catastrophic “democratization” of the industry is in part a direct result of technological change dumbing down the skills, experience and demonstrated artistry that are a prerequisite for professi...

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William Kavan

@Andrew, Please let me separate these two things. My apologies, the welcome was not meant to infer anything other than I saw your account was only a couple weeks old and I was hoping to be welcoming....

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Andrew Sobkovich

William, no worries, its all good. To see how long someone has been on S32 look under Profile>About. It tells you when they joined S32 and things like Network and Posts. I’m not quite sure where you saw I was new, but enjoyed the irony of comparing our start dates and S32 presence.

Marc Antonio Rios
Screen Grab of my first film

So I'm working on my first feature film, which I'm really nervous on. Here is a screen grab of a scene I've finished and graded.

It's not the greatest, since it is low budget with no special gear used besides my Lumix G7.

Any critic's on the framing, advice or anything?

Andrew Sobkovich

I am not quite sure why you would want a critic to look at this so I will guess that you want some input on what you have posted. As a “feature” is this being framed for projection on a big screen or...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Marc I would like to know more about this character, you captured a look here, where there is definitely more to her than meets the eye. She makes me wonder what the sting/plot twist is going to be....

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Debbie Croysdale

@Marc Off course I agree with @Andrew for certain specifications but sometimes (depending on the context story) a more raw edgy feel is needed such as hand held camera etc.

Vital Butinar
Cinema vs. video camera and tripod positions

OK so I'm not a cinematographer nore camera operator but sometimes I help out at a TV station with projects and I noticed something funny.

Usually when doing cinema work the focus wheel is on the left side and the tripod grip is in your left hand so that when you move the cinema camera you can also p...

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Florin Şumălan
Slice of Life

A movie made in the style of "Blade Runner". You can check their Youtube Channel for "making of" videos, which I think are interesting and fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcDJCZrwkLw

Brad Maynes
New to Cinematography

Hey everyone! How are you all? I’m new here and I would love to meet new people! I’m new to cinematography. See I’ve uploaded b roll clips to YouTube, I also did some work for a barber in town. That was a ton of fun! I just recently purchased the Zhiyun Crane V2 and I love it. Does anyone here have one?

Amanda Toney

Welcome to the community Brad! Glad to have you here! What made you decide to get into cinematography? My colleague Matt Alonzo shoots using a Zhiyun Crane V2 and he loves it too.

Brad Maynes

Thank you!! I love cinematography. I'm learning so much about it! I wanna master it at some point. My crane is def worth the amount of money I paid for it!

Andrew Sobkovich

There is no end to the learning. With what we do being an an art form, changing equipment and evolving story telling techniques, the need to keep up on many things is pressing. Learning; to see light,...

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M L.

I'd also sign up at cinematography.com There's a few regulars there that have reliable knowledge and the site has a ton of useful posts archived.

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)! :)

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