Cinematography

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

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Ben Patrick Yates
2020 Stock Footage

Just wondering did anyone shoot any cool stock footage last year? Anything from empty streets and cities or anything 2020 really.

Karen "Kay" Ross

What a GREAT idea! I wish it was on my list of 2020 priorities. I did use Motion Array for stock material, though... Do you have a preference for where you get your stock footage?

Ben Patrick Yates

Hey Karen, no real preference but I've used Storyblocks before and I'll have to check out Motion Array too. I know of some DP's that did shoot some footage documenting the cities etc.

Leya Marincic

My partner and I were considering flying a drone trough downtown in the spring lockdown. But the streets weren't actually empty. Past two months we've got a curfew after 9pm but can't do much in the d...

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Ben Patrick Yates

Leya Marincic thats a shame it would have looked amazing. I actually hired a freelancer last year to get the exact footage I wanted.

Leya Marincic

Ben Patrick Yates yeah but the problem is the streets were always full of vehicles or people or something. So it wasn't much of an option unfortunately.

Michael Dean Muench
Michael Dean Cinematographer | Introduction and Request

Hey there! My name is Michael Dean and I just joined Stage32. It seems like just what I've been looking for. I'm a Cinematographer and Editor based in the Midwest but am currently working on relocating to New York. I work on a variety of projects ranging from small promos for local businesses, to sh...

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Filmmaker | Michael Dean
Filmmaker | Michael Dean
Michael Dean is a Cinematographer based in the Midwest, and this is his portfolio page.
Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Michael Dean Muench! Excited for your journey, sir! Since this is the Cinematography Lounge, I'd like to ask you a cinematography question - what do you like best about filming documentaries? Wha...

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Kristina Smith
Are Canon 70D still good Camera’s.

I shot this video live, I was place in a Zone for safety. I didn’t have a telephoto lense with me.Wish I did. Has anyone else be placed in zones where their not allowed to move on area and stuck in one spot? The ceremony was live. Definitely a learning experience. Please let me know what you think....

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Yes, the Canon 70D is solid and good.

Jouet Dotson
Best Camera for Shooting Reality TV

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

Royce Allen Dudley

Most reality shows use a ton of gear in different formats, from GoPro to handy cams to full ENG style cameras to cine-style rigged cameras, all for different applications. 8 to 10 cameras would be con...

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Michael Giordano

I am in the same boat as you. I was told that Netflix won't accept anything less than 4k. So, should we all be thinking 4K if we ever want to submit this type of work for consideration even if its not...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Different exhibitors have different Production and Post-Production requirements. Yes, Netflix is 4K. But not just any 4K. These are their requirements.

https://backlothelp.netflix.com/hc/en-us/article...

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Michael Giordano

Of course its always best to start high and be able to downgrade from there. No argument from me.

Mark Vadik

I really like the Panasonic DVX 200

Nolab's Digital Super 8 cartridge is kind of cool

I still own at least three Super 8 cameras, so I'd love to get one of these. It's a 5MP sensor tuned to Super 8's shutter speed and 4:3 aspect ratio. Shoots 720p HD. Kind of a "neat to have," but I know some indies are still shooting on Super 8, so maybe it has some practical value. http://petapixel...

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Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge to Breathe New Life into Old Super 8 Film Cameras
Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge to Breathe New Life into Old Super 8 Film Cameras
A lot of film people have deep connections to Super 8 cameras, once the medium of choice for everyone from film school students to porn directors. But it's getting harder and harder to actually use th…
Mike Chinea

Here's the last thing I shot with a very noisy Super8: http://theaudienceawards.com/films/theartpatron-5min-mpeg-4-53349...

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Patrick Steemers

Hi there, we ventured out to develop a prototype digital super8 cartridge, being frustrated the Nolab project never made it. It's a 3D printed cartridge that holds the Ximea Mu9 camera which is trigge...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Gene there is not really much in common between a Super 8mm film camera and a Digital 8 electronic camera. The images are very different.

Absolutely test the camera you have first. Shoot some scenes in...

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Rohit Kumar

Gene Biagio Adesso Andrew Sobkovich It's 5 year old post. Hope you guys noticed. Isn't Kodak Super 8 was about to release last year and now they halted the project. I am still so into those https://ww...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Rohit I did see the age of the original thread, however Gene's question was only a few days ago and was worth commenting upon, first on the very slight chance there was any confusion between the Kodak...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Like a Painting

No, not "Every Frame a Painting", which I miss dearly BUT has spawned countless other video essay channels... but I digress. Saw this great video about why The Handmaid's Tale looks like a painting. What are your techniques for shots like paintings? Are you using any from the video, or do you do som...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Rohit, the series is very effective at creating a cohesive feel and mood to the story. And a great telling of the story from Margaret Atwood’s novel I suggest that watching the episode that the excerp...

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Rohit Kumar

@Andrew Sobkovich I think you are not understanding what I'm trying to explain I guess. Because I'm not talking about Margaret Atwood's novel's context quality metrics or Colin's approach to explain h...

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Leya Marincic

Nicely said Rohit Kumar and I understand what you're saying. Along with photography and cinematography, editing and color, I am also a sculptress and sculpt my own sculptures. In fact an art critic wr...

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Rohit Kumar

Leya Marincic Thank you for sharing your story and understanding my view. "But in contrast if everything was flexible there would only be one story and one visual ever created and everything would be...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Rohit, you said “this cinematography made me feel it's so extremely pretentious … Felt ingenuine. I haven't seen the show. “.

You might find that the opinions about the quality of the cinematography i...

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Florin Şumălan
Cinematic Paintings

On "Cinematic Paintings - The Art of Cinematography", you can find some beautiful cinematography screenshots from different movies.

You can see random shots or if you want you can search only for a specific type of shot (establishing shot, wide, medium, close up and other). You can search also by col...

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The Art of Cinematography
The Art of Cinematography
The Art of Cinematography. View a collection of film screen shots organized by shot type; Establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close up, extreme close up, dutch angle, black and white, cool, war…
Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Florin. This is great! Yes, clearly, both the Classical and Renaissance periods are major influences in film and photography. Basic color theory, the Golden rule of ratios and composition, depth o...

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Florin Şumălan

Hello, Beth. I think we can see movies - moving pictures - as moving paintings too and it's a joy when the moving pictures are not only moving pictures, but beautiful moving pictures.

There are some g...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Love, love, LOVE this! Great information, and fantastic encouragement for indie filmmakers!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Oh, and I love "Every Frame a Painting" 's expansion on Steven Speilberg's owners. SO GOOD!

Debbie Croysdale

@Jjm I love your grip truck, I could do with one always on hand. You are spot on that with a rushed time limit, the quick but effective shots add richer layers after a Master. EG “worms eye view” “pul...

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Leya Marincic

Oh waw thank you for sharing, this was really cool to watch. When we shoot stuff it's always a low budget things and we do things in a very similar way because most of the time we only have the locati...

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Vital Butinar

Like Leya Marincic said this was very interesting. Thank you.

Any time we shoot a narrative project we do extensive preproduction to optimize our time. I've actually created a spreadsheet that let's me...

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Mariano de Luca
What a DP looks for in a Director...

Hi everyone! So, Karen "Kay" Ross suggested me to write about what a DP would look for in a Director, and I thought it's a really interest subject and would love to know what other DP's think about it. I think that for me it's crucial to have that connection with the Director where you feel that bot...

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Corey Robertson

I think all 3 roles are crucial to creating an awesome film. The vision from the director, the look of the film to give it an emotion from the audience point of view by the DP, besides the acting. The...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Corey Robertson Too true. Do you have any suggestions on how a PD and a DP work together?

Honestly, I think the PD role overlooked moreso than any other role, but that may just be a symptom of cost-con...

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Jorel Odell

What I look for in a Director, I'd say... I look for a passion for film (all film) something similar to my own, and a deep understanding of the story they are about to tell. There have been far too ma...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

LOVE this response, Jorel Odell! Sometimes when you don't know what the outcome will be, it nice to know that the experience is at least enjoyable. Not to say it won't be challenging, but that you fee...

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Kevin Deane

I know this thread has been out for awhile, but I echo all these thoughts. Working as both DP and director I’ve learned much about collaborating and have been blessed to work with amazing people. The...

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Frank Van Der Meijden
Learning by doing

I make up stories for 25 years now. I wrote several short suspense stories (and published them) and currently I'm working on my scenarist skills.

Movies are a passion. That's why I am a movie critic as well (in the Netherlands) for a decade now.

This month I'm starting with a new study: cinematograp...

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Frank Van Der Meijden

Thanks, Willem Lodewijk! Hope to see you around some day!

Kevin Deane

Good luck Frank. Keep us posted on what you do and learn along the way.

Frank Van Der Meijden

I'm grateful for your encouraging words, Kevin. I will!

Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Frank welcome, course sounds cool. Lived Amsterdam years ago, remember stall by bridge that fished herrings out river, gutted them on spot and served with vinegar onions. They probably stopped that now.

Frank Van Der Meijden

Thank you,Debbie. That really sounds like a typical Dutch stall. ;)

Interviewing a D.P

I am looking to interview a D.P for one of my monthly interview videos. If interested in getting additional information, you can reach me at: aaron@aaronrobertmarcus.com

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Aaron Marcus! You may get a better response by posting a job listing: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add...

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Aaron Marcus

Thank you Karen. I really appreciate your comment and suggestion.

Cynthia Garbutt
The 2010s in cinema

Cinematography of the 2010s https://youtu.be/ELl8cIEWQ5g via

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Royce Allen Dudley

Thanks for sharing that. I was surprised; it's a great, flowing look at the wide variety of formats, aspect ratios and creative approaches that make up the very best of the craft today; something in which we can all find inspiration to better our own efforts, whatever the level.

Kevin Deane

That was cool and inspiring. Made me want to grab my camera this afternoon and shoot something or someone. Thanks.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, fun! Thanks for sharing! Are you using this for inspiration? What's up next for you?

Cynthia Garbutt

Not for inspiration really, I've had a love affair with film and photography since childhood. My grand uncle was a portrait photographer with his own studio and I worked as one, for 2 years. But, my p...

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