Cinematography

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

Apolos Israel
Am I hindering myself?

Hello Stage 32 fam, 

I am a writer by training but was always interested in cameras so I try to learn as much as I can about cinematography. I used to take on any job I could but as of recently I've been requesting scripts first because of bad experiences shooting under cooked scripts. The production...

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Apolos Israel

John Ellis Hey thanks for the advice. You've given me a lot to think about....

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Simon Turnbull

Yep, if you take their money you have to work for idiots. I don''t take their money anymore. ;)

Karen "Kay" Ross

Ok, I am commenting so I can find this again to comment further, but Apolos Israel I LOVE THIS QUESTION! Can't wait to respond and read the responses... but I gotta restart the computer first LOL! :-P...

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Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

M L. I've had a few times where, as DP I knew something should probably not be shot the way director saw it.

I bring it him/her and the producer very positively, something like: "I like your idea a lo...

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M L.

Jaap Ruurd Feitsma It's smart to include others on the conversation because if enough people have the same opinion, a reasonable director will consider the collective viewpoint. Alas, divas are rarely...

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Richard "RB" Botto
Lockdown Through a Lens: 6 Cinematographers Document the Pandemic's Effects on Hollywood

A little inspiration for our DP's

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/lockdown-a-lens-6-cinematographers-document-pandemics-effects-hollywood-1292942/1-dan-laustsen-the-shape-of-water

Sandeep Sharma

Florin, thank you for posting this!

Have you seen Visions of Light the documentary? It is one of my favorites. Hope you find it inspiring.

See Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXeuk1tO32k...

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Florin Şumălan

You're welcome! Yes, I have seen "Visions of Light" some time ago. But maybe I can watch it again. Thank you.

Richard "RB" Botto
Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s SXSW Films

With comments from the cinematographers from each film. Enjoy and discuss.

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/03/sxsw-2020-cameras-lens-arri-red-sony-c......

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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…
Richard "RB" Botto

Nothing wrong with the Pocket 4K, brother. Blackmagic does it right.

Vital Butinar

You're right Richard "RB" Botto . I love this thing compared to the still cameras we used before this thing is really great and yeah you're right BM does it really great. Thank you.

Richard "RB" Botto

All that matters is that you keep creating, Vital Butinar - You're welcome!

Andrew Sobkovich

RB. I’m guessing Zeiss showed clips of various things shot with some different lenses they make. Pretty pictures always attract attention. The difference between a presentation and testing is pretty s...

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Richard "RB" Botto

It was a business/partnership meeting, so no clips, etc. Just a look around the showroom and then down to the nitty gritty. But, of course, you raise some very valid points. Would love to hear other cinematographers, filmmakers and gear heads ring in.

Charles Rule
Busted Ted

Old Ray Charles song; "Them that's got is them that gets, How you gets the first is still a mystery to me..."

Have a short film script, autobiographical in nature, funny, dark. Trying to put a crew and two actors together. Before you start laughing hysterically, all I have to offer is to trade. From...

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Christopher Phillips

This can vary depending on where you live. If you use Meetup.com, you'll likely find several film production oriented meetups. I've worked on several projects through Meetup.com. Most people have thei...

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Charles Rule

Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement. I apologize for not responding sooner.

An d thank you Ray Charles!

Rafiq Mateen
Happy to be here

Happy to be amongst great talent. Thank you for the invite. Looking forward to working with you all.

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.

Ben Hinman

BMPC4K = Blackmagic production camera. It is the older model with the global shutter. (actually the camera david sandberg shot part of lights out and shazam on) Their naming conventions are pretty dum...

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Vital Butinar

I personally love new Pocket 4K. The image is amazing and braw is great but still tons of space. I'd love to have the 6K but compared to the 4K it's more expensive and too much footage.

Focal reducer a...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Once BlackMagic can state that ALL of the connectors on their cameras are chassis mounted so they can live up to normal use, then I would consider using them again. Maybe.

A box of cameras with broken...

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Wentworth Z-Axis Kelly

Its a good buy and thats for anyone that needs advise on a camera. Done one year with it and that camera has never failed me after commercials, music videos, short films, special features and done in...

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Leya Marincic

Yeah the Pocket 4K is amazing like Vital Butinar . We got it about a year ago and I love how small and versatile is and how malleable the image is in braw and Davinci. I mean it really is a great came...

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Andrew Sobkovich

This is an interesting approach to using a “look book”. I often spend time finding images that display the different feels that I wish to get across in a production. Studying the images to understand...

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Florin Şumălan

Andrew Sobkovich, I think this method is for learning, that's how I understood from what R.L. Scott said; is in the beginning, when you are trying to train your eye. I think this can help if you want...

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Christopher Phillips

There is article in Business Insider on Quentin Tarantino analyzing how he pays homage to old films... If you watch his films, you don't really think twice about the setups, but if you know that Quent...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Florin, while he does say it is for beginners, at about 3:10 he describes how to use the technique when adjusting a shot that had been set up on a shoot. Copying masterworks for practice and education...

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Florin Şumălan

I don't know, Andrew. He says also at about 3:30: "as you do that it's gonna slowly begin to train your eye to have a more cinematic composition". I see this is as a way to get inspired and then creat...

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Hannes Famira
Sony PMW-F3

I am looking for guidance on external recording with my trusty old F3.

Andrew Sobkovich

If I remember correctly, you can use a dual link set-up to record 10 bit 4:4:4 to an off-board recorder. There are many recorders that can take this setup, like the Atmos Ninja or Shogun, Odyssey 7Q,...

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Hannes Famira

Yes, I was also betting on that. Thanks for the response Andrew. I do have the Ninja Assassin with the latest firmware. Dual Link is SDI connection only and the Ninja is HDMI only. Also unfortunately...

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Hannes Famira

As a sad PS: I verified with Atomos and currently no Atomos product is able to show vector scopes during 2X anamorphic de-squeeze…

Tony Ray
Let there be light! Or something of that nature. . .

When it comes to lighting, is there ever a time to just use the lighting already there? And if so, how does one know when to do that? To help paint the perspective, I'm shooting a scene in a basement at night. The main character will be sitting at the end of a bar with an overhead light about 2-3 feet in front of him. Would I need more than that?

Diego Barraza

Always a good idea to supplement available light. Specially in dark interiors

Vital Butinar

Well a year ago we shot a music video that was light by additional lighting to look like the already existing light in the bar and the images came out beautiful. But was expensive to light.

On the othe...

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Ben Hinman

What you're talking about is called motivated lighting and it can be a very good idea IF you think about the placement of lighting on your characters and the overall feel of what you are going for. A...

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Vital Butinar

Ben Hinman you know I've done that with a china ball. I've used it on outside shots and put it on a boom. There was one more trick I used just recently. We had an outside shoot at night and there were...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Without knowing what that light is, what camera you are shooting with and what lens, this is just a somewhat wild guess. Chances are the light will be enough to get enough exposure to make images. How...

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Ben Hinman
Bad / Good examples of motivated / unmotivated RGB lighting?

I was just watching the cloverfield paradox for the first time yesterday, which is a pretty shit movie to be honest and one of the things that stuck out as particularly bad to me was their non-diegetic use of those red RGB flood lights just coming in at random moments that both weren't particularly...

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Mr. Orta
1st Time Filmmaking Question RE: Camera & Operator

I'm thinking about investing into a Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System with Zoom Lens and someone to operate it.

It's specifications are:

Super 35-Sized CMOS Sensor

Sony E-Mount

UHD at 24/30 FPS, HD Up to 240 FPS

XAVC Long, AVCHD Recording Codecs

2 x SD Media Card Slots

HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Output...

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Royce Allen Dudley

At the risk of oversimplifying it, cameras today are like saws and hammers- they all do the job in the hands of a craftsman. Some are more suited to some tasks than others. Unlike carpentry, cameras a...

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Brandon Phillips

What did you ultimately decide on?

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