Cinematography

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

Ryan Little
How to make the transition from Cinematographer to Director

Check out my webinar class for Cinematographers that are trying to become full-time directors. Here is the link: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-to-Make-the-Transition-from-Cinematographer-to-Director

Emily Skye
Blog drop on safe sets

Hi filmmakers! I know this time is crazy, I just wrote a blog on how it was to film during a pandemic safely. I would Love to hear how you practice safety on sets. https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-to-Film-Safely-During-a-Pandemic...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

WooT! SUCH a great resource! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us!

Charles Baldwin
The sigma fp camera on the fourth

I rented a sigma fp camera. This is an extremely versatile cinema grade camera. There are literally hundreds of attachments and it can take all kinds of lenses. Here is a link to the product page:

There is a video floating out there somew...

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Main feature | fp | Cameras | SIGMA Corporation
Main feature | fp | Cameras | SIGMA Corporation
Robust & lightweight aluminum body A body covered with die-cast aluminum on the front and the back ensures superior robustness and heat dissipation while keeping the body weight light. Large heat sink…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey Charles, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Introduce Yourself to Cinematography, as it fits much better there. But feel free to do another...

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Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator
Films with the best cinematography?

Hey cinematographers! Looking for some recommendations of lesser known, beautifully shot films. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is always the first to come to mind, but what are some other gems I may have missed over the years?

Kyle LIttle

Carlitos way! And scarface, terminator 2 is still one of the most beautifully shot films ever! And no matter what point of professionalism you get to, the godfather is always a film to go back to and...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

I loved teaching IB Film because you are asked to show foreign films. I particularly liked The Conformist (1970 - https://www.amazon.com/Conformist-Jean-Louis-Trintignant/dp/B073SGZB2L/r...) and Le Ha...

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Dan MaxXx

Moonlight. $1M budget. One camera.

Alejandro Covo

I would say tree of life, children of men and enter the void stood out to me the most

Glenn Roland

Hi Nick...

""The BAD and the BEAUTIFUL" Robert Surtees Director of Photography. One of the Best!

Peace & BeSafe, Glenn

Tom Luca
Masters of cinematography

Not to raise debate, but what are some of your favorite motion picture cameras and the DP/Cinematographers behind them? What Masters of Cinematography do you look to as a mentor or that have inspired you? Here's ours, not in any order: Douglas Slocombe (UK) "Douggie so affectionately referred to by...

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Kyle LIttle

I think the funniest thing about this post, is that even the picture quality (art wise) of just an old INTERVIEW looks better then more than half the films today

Glenn Roland

Hi Tom:

FYI... I was LightingDP/Gaffer on Allen's first two feature films "BLEEP"

& "THE BROTHERS O'TOOLE" + the TV Movie "MOOCH Goes To HOLLYWOOD".

Also Dean finished the last few days of filming of...

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Valerie Michele Oliver
Need Female Cinematographer/DP for Q&A with Student Intern Producers

Hi. I'm setting up a Q&A requested by 4 student interns who are working as assistant producers on a TV series project (https://thepursuitstudio.net/internships-independent-studies/). So far they've met with a screenwriter. A veteran male producer, award-winning documentary woman filmmaker, and award...

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Internships
Internships
Assistant Producer (Graphics & Animation Design a Plus!)THORN TREES TV Pilot Pre-Production(Spring 2021) Location: Virtual-RemoteType: Part Time, Unpaid (Potential for paid as a producer depending on…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Valerie Michele Oliver! Your best bet is to list a job: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add

You can also lookup member based on occupation and location here: https://www.stage32.com/people...

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Dan MaxXx

Free webinar. Cinematographer's roundtable. Maybe one of them will mentor

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iXEFwCK6R1WgbxpsCSMDAw...

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Valerie Michele Oliver

Laurie Gabriel - Thanks for the lead. Will follow-up!

Valerie Michele Oliver

Karen "Kay" Ross - Excellent suggestions! Thanks. It's hard work running a virtual internship program. LOL! I have individual bi-weekly assignment check-ins with them via Zoom, as well as weekly devel...

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Valerie Michele Oliver

Wow. Thanks for this Dan MaxXx! Hopefully I can make it. May also require the interns to attend. Although, one of them said to me during my bi-weekly check-in with her: "It's been a rough week. You've...

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Alyscia Cunningham
Camera Advice

I'm considering purchasing a film/photo camera and was referred to Sony A6400 or A6500 mirrorless. Does anyone have any experience with this camera? If so, how do you like it and what do you think about the quality?

If not, do you have suggestions for a camera under $1K?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hey there! I'd recommend Google best video cameras under $1,000, and then see which ones fit what you wish to shoot. Just ensure you can shoot log or a flat profile (for color correction later), good...

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Alyscia Cunningham

Thanks Lindbergh!

Karen "Kay" Ross

If you buy used, you could get a Sony A7s for $1k

Javier Armijo
Karen "Kay" Ross
Training for VR?

There's a member with a project who posted in Transmedia who is looking for a VR consultant. Check it out: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/transmedia/Virtual-Reality-Immersive-Solu......

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Irfan Merchant

Thanks Karen

Mike Sorrentino
Female Cinematographers

I'm prepping for a short here in LA that I hope to shoot... when the virus and governor say OK! I really want to hire at least a 50 percent female crew and especially women in key positions. I have written to both Mandy and Production Hub about adding "female" as a criteria to their search function,...

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Dan MaxXx

Call Local 600 Los Angeles office

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great suggestion, Dan MaxXx!

Andrew Sobkovich

Good points Karen. Sad that knowledge, skill, ability, experience or artistry are no longer the prime considerations. Oh well.

Mike Sorrentino

Just to be clear, my desire is to find a capable female DP that can bring all those great qualities to the project;. I'm not just trying to "check a box." This short film has a strong female lead and the cast is 95 percent female so for me it makes sense this time.

Andrew Sobkovich

Hmmm…. I guess the project will then have a female Writer? Female Director? Female Producer? Quotas are an important and necessary tool in many instances, but the problems with applying those quotas a...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
What Else Do You Study?

Hey, my Stage32 Cinematographers!

Revisiting this awesome video on composition and framing by Darious Britt, and I love how he starts by unpacking the geometry of beauty. That's beautiful, man...

But, as tangible a skill as camera work can be, what have you studied that has informed your "eye for beau...

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Winston Moon

This is a fun topic, and I'm sure there are so many sources people draw upon for they "eye for beauty" as you put it. I personally used to work as a hairdresser so my eye was definitely trained to see...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Florin Şumălan Dude, all great resources - nature in particular is so abundant. DaVinci - need I say more? LOL! Winston Moon Oh, absolutely! Hair is your first accessory to highlight the shape of one'...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Thank you Karen, this is a surprisingly good primer on some aspects of framing. Pay attention to the stated content even if the images do not exacty illustrate the concepts being presented. There are...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Andrew Sobkovich ! So glad you enjoyed it!

In response to, "Do the opposite of “I don’t know what is good but I know what I like”. That is a statement that you cannot make should you wish to crea...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Karen, in the midst of a discussion there is hardly a need for the “@“ symbol. In this case I saw and understood the posting. Responded appropriately.

When teaching cinematography, the most important t...

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Jason Brown
Help finding right cinematographer!

Hello everyone. Just trying to put a feeler out to see what cinematographers are in my area, and to find out from cinematographers what you all need from a filmmaker/producer to ensure a successful project.

I’m in the DMV area and looking to shoot a short film with a small, skeleton crew. It is a pa...

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Jason Brown

Damian Lloyd Lol, no I'm sorry. It's what the call the metropolitan D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area. I should have been more general.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Jason Brown! Aw, man, you're back in my hometown area! Yeah, people outside of the DMV don't know it by anything other than "the DC area" LOL!

Here are some camera guys I've worked with:

Glass Rive...

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Jason Brown

Karen "Kay" Ross Thank you for the info. Always fun in the DMV, then winter comes and everyone wishes they were in a place more like where you're at. I've done my own smaller projects but understandin...

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