Cinematography

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

Karen "Kay" Ross
How to Make Music Videos Look BETTER

I love these breakdowns to help us up our visual game. They mention finding a WTF moment is part of improving, as is building up those three key images. Also, PRE-VIS LIGHTING SET-UPS! LOVE IT!

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Vital Butinar

Well I've done a couple of music videos and it's funny because around here the leading point with artists making a music video is if they can do it for cheap or even less. On the other end music produ...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
How to Make Your Webcam Footage Look Better

I love me some Indie Mogul, and I was inspired to find more great lighting videos after RB's most recent Coffee & Content ( https://www.stage32.com/blog/Coffee-and-Content-How-to-Master-Cinematic-... ). Which brings me to this beauty... ok, so not everyone loves lighting the way I do, but I adore it...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Projection Tech?

Do you use it? How do you use it? Caught this video by Indie Mogul, and now I'm thinking it should be played with!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG8QApXlSBE

Frank Romano

I think their final result at around 10:10 is fairly impressive but still looks super fake, like a sitcom car scene. And it's an expensive process (huge white cyc you can back a car into, a bunch of l...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Frank Romano Agreed. You'd have to run the numbers to confirm whether or not it's worth it, but I can imagine if you're trying to avoid a company move, location permits, or other security issues with...

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Andrew Sobkovich

The seemingly handheld shot of streetlights being reflected in the car's surfaces that is completely out of sync with the movement in the rest of the shot utterly ruins the effect. Too bad the executi...

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Joe Thayer
DP Rates

Hello, I'm hoping to get some help/advice. We are looking for a DP on a Short film to be filmed in New York. Its a 15 page script, about 3 days of shooting.

Being new to this, I'm wondering how to determine what the going rates for a DP (with a decent level of experience) might be. We have a small b...

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Joe Thayer

Jorel Odell not sure our budget can swing a thousand a day, but I know you get what you pay for. I appreciate your input especially from a DP's perspective. Looks like we'll start somewhere between 50...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Great advice Jorel Odell! I would second this and equally - don't skimp on an audio engineer, either!

Andrew Sobkovich

Real rates start at a minimum $1000 per day for a real DP. Separate the person from the equipment, they are different and if you are not treating them differently there are other issues. There are lot...

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Joe Thayer

Andrew Sobkovich Thanks for these thoughts and insights. I really appreciate your input especially around the personal meetups and your experience there. unfortunately I know we cannot afford 1K a day...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Joe look for recommendations from people you know. Once you get names, arrange an intro as it is better than a cold-call. Meet the people. Since you don't have a lot of money, the person you want is s...

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Kyle LIttle
Pastels color

Hey y'all I'm just wondering if anyone else pops on a film from the 90s or 80s and wonders why no one can get that great painterly, oil paint, pastel look anymore, it looks inherently cinematic. Is it the lights? The caked makeup? The film stock? Or all of it? I don't think that everything should lo...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

One of my favorite videos in defense of black and white films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B13r456NUy0

Andrew Sobkovich

“Looks cinematic” is one of those phrases that comes from very personal interpretations of images. It’s a valid comment but trying to put an exact meaning on it can be a little frustrating. Pictures s...

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Richard "RB" Botto
Karen "Kay" Ross

Such a beautiful reflection on a great artist. It just goes to show - as a director, it is totally worth it to become a fan of the work of your teammates. Thank you for sharing!

Mayra Ferrer
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.

Blake Naleid

I cut on a Steenbeck in the late 90’s in film school. That’s the best way to learn because it forces the student to think twice, cut once. Sadly, the only steenbeck remaining at UT is a display piece....

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Javier Armijo
Sundance Offers Free Access To Online Master Classes

During these nervous, pandemic times, I hope we find the courage and motivation to sharpen, prepare and renew. Best fortune cookie I ever got: "Do not despair, within sight is the rainbow." :)

https://collab.sundance.org/master-classes?utm_source=li&utm_medium=feed_org&utm_campaign=free_master_classes

Jeffrey J. Scott
Film Students Looking to Expand Their Resume ?

I have posted two jobs for film students that want to work on a short Indie film project in South Jersey. I've been in numerous student films over the years and I really enjoyed working with them and I'm more than willing to give them the opportunities and gain experience in their field. I've had a...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Are you looking for student cinematographers? Will you be directing or producing? What is the film about?

Jeffrey J. Scott

Hi Karen. I am Directing and Producing this film. I'm looking for film students that want to be a cinematographer and/or sound mixer for this Indie short film. It's a romance story about a man that re...

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Morvarid R. Talebzadeh

Hi Jeffrey, I'm Morvarid, i'm rally interest on become a Cinematography myself, I'm on this path for a few years now, I'm currently in LA. It will be nice to connect and see what is your film about, I...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
GorillaPods Essentials

Hey, my Stage 32 camera nerds! I was doing a cost breakdown and stumbled upon this FANTASTIC breakdown comparison of GorillaPods (flexible tripods) - love the host, love the structure, love the info. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't get too heavy into gear when I was in film school because now I'm just L...

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Stuart Wright
Podcast w/ award winning cinematographer LARRY SMITH

Larry Smith has been director of photography on some top movies including Only God Forgives, Bronson & Eyes Wide Shut I talk to award winning cinematographer Larry Smith about his feature film directorial debut TRAFFICKER and lessons learned working with Stanley Kubrick. https://open.spotify.com/epi...

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TRAFFICKER with director LARRY SMITH
TRAFFICKER with director LARRY SMITH
Screenwriter Stuart Wright talks to award winning cinematographer Larry Smith about his feature film directorial debut TRAFFICKER and lessons learned working with Stanley Kubrick.
Karen "Kay" Ross

Awesome, thanks for sharing! Is this an on-going podcast? What was your big take-away from this interview?

Stuart Wright

It is ongoing.... This is the second time I've spoken to Larry on my podcast ... He's very generous sharing his lessons learned and extensive experience

Stuart Wright

479 Episodes in my archive https://soundcloud.com/stuart-wright-3

Tamanna Chandel
How deep does one need to know about Cinematography?

Hello! I just wanted to ask, while writing a pilot or any script, is it necessary to have a knowledge of the cinematography jargon? If there is a certain way I am thinking of presenting a scene visually, in terms of camera placement etc., how much of it should be mentioned into my script (by how muc...

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Christopher Phillips

Purely from a technical position, there is zero reason to give camera direction. On the set, the camera people are going to shoot from various angles to give enough coverage to the editor. Wide establ...

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Tamanna Chandel

Christopher Phillips Duly noted! Thank you.

Christopher Phillips

Vincent Turner shots are planned during storyboarding.

Royce Allen Dudley

Great question and discussion. Ready for one of my lengthy humble opinion diatribes? There are countless long standing rules in film making. Some will argue they can be broken at will, or in some circ...

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Hannes Famira

Rather than describing shots from the perspective of the DP describe what the audience sees. Read scripts of movies you love to see how this is done professionally. Here are the first lines of the scr...

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