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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Karen "Kay" Ross
AMA: Help Me Help You - Cinematographers

Hey, Stage32 Cinematographers!

Richard "RB" Botto got a FANTASTIC question about what we can do to help other aspects of filmmaking other than writing (and by virtue of that, producing). So, let's start a little virtual Town Hall Q&A:

- What do you need help with? What is your immediate goal? What...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

So, for example, what if we hosted a kind of "Check It Before You Wreck It" Day where people could submit a 5-minute clip of something they are working on and get feedback from the community?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, my Stage32 Cinematographers! We actually have started a thing where if you post a link in the Your Stage Lounge, on Friday, myself and anyone who posted will stop in and give feedback. Ideally, t...

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Kristina Smith
Mirrorless Camera Question

Hey, I understand that mirrorless camera’s are all the hype these days. Professional mirrorless camera have been around a bit and now that the average consumer can use a mirrorless 4K camera. Do you think the Industry will change from heavy duty camera like Arri Alexa mini and Red Dragon monstro to...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Damian, there are many different Arri Cameras that have differing characteristics. That they were used on Oscar nominees tells you very little. WHY they were chosen is vastly more important. The more...

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Kristina Smith

Personally, I prefer the Arri Alexa mini, Red Monstro Dragon and Sony FS7. I use to work at at a Rental House. So I got to learn a lot about Cameras,the set up, the wireless, lenses, the lighting and...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Kristina continue working with your camera. Hands-on experience is a great teacher, just make sure to be tough on yourself when evaluating what you have done. In art schools, copying master works is a...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Damian, the DP is the creator of the image. Choosing the best cameras for what we are creating is the aim but there might be other factors, besides image quality, that must be considered.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Andrew Sobkovich! Agreed - the camera is a small part of the budget - unless it's no budget, and then it's all of your production budget LOL! But typically, art department and crew/talent salarie...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
The Local 600 Set Its Protocols - and it's AWESOME!

I'm digging the stand the Cinematographer's Guild is taking for going back into production during COVID - no age restriction, shorter workdays (which we've needed to address for a while), and best of all - no waiving of rights!

What do y'all think? Feeling better about going back to work? Is it not e...

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Cinematographers Guild Issues Safe Return To Work Protocols: No Liability Waivers, Shorter Workdays, Nondiscrimination Against Older Crew Members, More
Cinematographers Guild Issues Safe Return To Work Protocols: No Liability Waivers, Shorter Workdays, Nondiscrimination Against Older Crew Members, More
The International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, has released an 11-page set of protocols and recommendations for the safe return to work during the coronavirus pandemic, including a core pr…
Karen "Kay" Ross
SXSW Cameras Used

Because we all know that we wanted to know what cameras are winning awards, but also... everyone's first question at a film festival screening is "What camera did you use?" EVERY. TIME. #nojoke LOL!

I'm actually looking to invest in a camera soon, and I'm seeing a lot of Canon C300, Sony a7s ii, and...

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SXSW: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year's Films
SXSW: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year's Films
Cinematographers take IndieWire behind the scenes of how they shot their indie features. IndieWire reached out to the directors of photography behind the scripted narrative features that were set to p…
Ethan Frome
Roger Deakins Podcast

Roger Deakins recently started a podcast it’s called “Team Deakins”. If you don’t know who he is, he’s considered one of the best DP’s to ever do it. He’s another perspective of how things are done on set and the moviemaking process. He Expand post

‎Team Deakins on Apple Podcasts
‎Team Deakins on Apple Podcasts
‎The Team Deakins podcast is an ongoing conversation between acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Deakins, his collaborator, about cinematography, the film business and whatever other q…
Sandeep Sharma

Ethan, sharing the sentiments of Justin ... thank you for sharing this!

Ethan Frome

No problem.

Erick Freitas

Thanks for this. Going on my list of Podcasts.

Trent Watts

This is great, thanks for sharing!

Karen "Kay" Ross

This is great - thank you for sharing, Ethan Frome!

Jami Mahmood
How to rent out personal Arri cameras and anamorphic lenses?

Hello everyone. Just for starters im not sure if i can start a conversation for my cine equipment rental here. So once i feel its ok then will need some help and advice how to go about it. Thx

Apolos Israel

There are plenty of gear sharing sites like Kitsplit pr sharegrid

Jami Mahmood

Thx Boss

Roth Rind
When All It Took Was Your "Imagination"

As children, we viewed the world through the lenses of our imaginations. The carpet became lava, the shadows formed monsters, the family minivan was a spaceship. But the older we got, the more reality set in, and soon we forgot the magic our minds could create. We invite you to step back into your childhood and take a look through the lens once again.

Zabiullah Saifi Askari
Director of photographer

I worked as a camera operator 12 episodes of a documentary series about animals in Afghanistan for Discovery Channel. Good experience and learned a lot ;)

Karen "Kay" Ross
LA Production - Gaining Traction?

Where have y'all seen traction? I remember one of the first jobs that sprang up after the lockdown was all sports events. Now, it seems like in-office pre- and post-production jobs are coming back.

I appreciate the chairman of Universal pointing out that LA will lose out to business if it doesn't t...

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Universal's Donna Langley Calls on Los Angeles County to Resume Production Under New Safety Guidelines
Universal's Donna Langley Calls on Los Angeles County to Resume Production Under New Safety Guidelines
Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, has called on Los Angeles County authorities to resume all film and television production, following the submission of a 22-page bluepr…
Brandon Plantz
Canon's XC10

Hey team, I own and operate the Canon C200. I love it. However, one of my corporate clients just purchased a Canon XC10 that they want be used in a livestream I'm co-producing (and shooting) with them. Have any of you shot with this pro-sumer XC10? Namely, are there any "Gotchas!" that you've experienced with it?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Brandon Plantz! Let it be known - I ain't too proud to rely on B&H's reviews for an opinion LOL! I've never worked with the XC10, but I have trained on the C100, and so far, I concur with everyth...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
New Protocols for Production - Cinematographers Guild

The Local 600 knows how difficult it is for any camera crew - and then you add extra precautions? At the very least it will mean delays. I'm grateful to see organizations taking the necessary steps to get people back to work, but I do wonder how many people will go back.

How do Y'ALL think these prot...

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Cinematographers Guild Leaders Say "We Still Have Work To Do" After Submission Of White Paper Protocols
Cinematographers Guild Leaders Say "We Still Have Work To Do" After Submission Of White Paper Protocols
Leaders of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, said Monday that the establishment of industry-wide protocols for the resumption of film and TV production "is a critical first st…
Timothy Burnham
Female 3/8 to Male 1/4 Tripod Adapter

Does anyone in the LA area know where I can get my hands on one of these in the next couple of days without paying through the nose for shipping? Or if anyone in the area has one they'd be willing to sell to me.

(of course with the assumption that we keep very safe and sanitary and socially distant d...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Timothy Burnham! You are in the right place! I wish I knew, and I'm not sure you'll get a huge response in that time frame. Do you have anyone in your network that is local that you could DM?...

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Timothy Burnham

Thank you Karen, I ended up figuring it out through a local parts seller on eBay. For future reference, if anyone needs anything like this, Wilcox Sound and Communications is very friendly and helpful!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Timothy Burnham Awesome, good to know! Is there someone I should ask for specifically?

Timothy Burnham

No, just whoever is there. Two different people helped me out and were both friendly and made it easy.

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