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Changing Mags – The American Cinematographer Magazine – A MUST for Young Film Makers

20 Nov

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If you are serious about Cinematography then this monthly magazine is a MUST for you.

asc logoThe American Society of Cinematographers was founded in 1919. The ASC began publishing American Cinematographer Magazine in November 1920 and it has become a leading industry publication vastly popular with cinematographers around the globe. 

The monthly magazine focuses on the art, craft and skill of cinematography, covering a wide variety of domestic and foreign feature productions, television productions, short films, music videos and commercials.

It also features in depth articles on Digital cameras and Photography as well as film.

This isn’t a lightweight movie mag; it’s jam packed with  in-depth information and interviews with professional DoP’s from around the world sharing their knowledge and techniques for lighting and camera operating, and discussing their cinematic approach on their latest movie. Continue reading

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10 Lessons Filmmakers Learn Shooting On Film

29 Jul

Great article on the value of shooting on film!

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 “Why every Filmmaker should shoot a project on film at least once… while stocks last!

Film vs. Digital… the old debate (argument) continues, but today we’re putting all that aside to discuss something more constructive than pixels and noise vs. emulsion and grain.

I want to share with you 10 Lessons Every Filmmaker Learns When Shooting On Film… and therefore why every Filmmaker should shoot a project on film at least once… while stocks last! (excuse the pun)

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You Learn…

  1. It’s Not That Hard
  2. It’s Not That Expensive
  3. Discipline
  4. Efficiency
  5. Patience
  6. To Trust
  7. Film Is Flattering
  8. Film Has That Filmic Look
  9. Film Separates You From The Crowd
  10. Film Is Fun

The first thing anyone who’s worked with film will tell you, is that “it’s a totally different experience”. Some of that is bravado (this industry is full of posers and you should aspire to not

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Film Competition

5 Jan

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How many filmmaking terms can you spot in this puzzle?

Hi Guys.

Hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year!!! I thought I’d try something a bit different to kick start the new year… a competition!!

film quiz thumbBelow is a letter grid.  There are a certain number of  filmmaking words hidden within the grid (a few  industry abbreviations  along with other well-known words) which can be read horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The first person to correctly state the number of words and abbreviations in the grid will win! Leave your number/answer in the comments below.

The first person to find all the words will receive the first chapter of my new (yet to be released) E-book ‘How to Break into the Film and TV Industry‘ for free!

Good luck!!!

Cheers

Chris 🙂

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Let me know how many you get in the Comments!

Lighting for Film & TV: Colour Correction Filters Pt 4: Effects

2 Dec

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Effects Filters: What They Do and How To Use Them

OK now you know the basics of colour correction filters let’s talk a little about effects filters. These differ from colour correction filters in that they are designed to create a specific mood when lighting a scene.

Now before we begin I just want to get something off my chest: a lot can be, and is done, in the grading stages of production to help bring out a visual style of a film/documentary BUT – it’s important to remember that lighting with a certain style in mind, i.e. lighting with purpose, will give you much greater results and much more to work with when you get into your grade.

effects_gels_thumbFor example: Want to enhance that backlight to make it bluer in the grade? If you’ve lit the scene with balanced “white light” you might find it hard to isolate the specific source you’re looking for. By having distinct colours in your raw footage it will allow you to select and enhance/desaturate elements quickly and easily in your grade. You can achieve this using gels or mixed colour temperatures. Make sense? Good. So let’s get to it.

In this blog I’ll show you three commonly  used gels to help:

i. Create Flattering Lighting
ii. Replicate Moonlight
iii. Replicate Sunset

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What’s This All About?!

15 Nov

Hi I’m Chris Weaver, welcome to ‘Through The Lens’.

I’ve been doing talks all round the country and it’s become apparent that it can be very hard for people to get good solid advice from industry professionals who have experience in film & tv.

So, in this blog I will present how-to information, tips and tricks on the Film and TV industry along with stories from ‘Behind the Scenes’.

I hope the information will help you, provide practical advice, hints and tips that you can use immediately in your own work. I also hope along the way you’ll find it entertaining, after all there’s no point in being too serious about this stuff – it’s not exactly brain surgery.

"Point and look serious!"..."Uh... Ok"

The thing is, I’ve got lots of experience and knowledge and I’m keen to share it with you – I’ve been working in the film and TV industry for over 30 years, first as a film cameraman, then a director, then director of photography and more recently as a producer running the UK based production company Free Spirit Film & TV.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been around the block a bit! Despite that I hope you will follow my posts and take advantage of the all the stuff on offer before I lose my memory altogether! I hope you enjoy this stuff, if not then so be it, but at least give me some credit for making the effort. After all I could be out filming, drinking tea or when I’m not working watching some mundane daytime TV show like ‘Cash in the Attic’, (for those of you fortunate enough to live outside of the UK please let me briefly explain. ‘Cash in the Attic’ is a TV show which is basically designed to keep the criminally insane occupied. It consists of crusty old antiques dealers rummaging around some poor unfortunates attic in the hope of finding a long lost Picasso. Sadly in reality all they ever seem to ever find is junk like a broken food blender circa 1963 and sometimes, if they’re really lucky they might dig up something from the Victorian era like a rusty moustache trimmer- not that I watch it of course..I only know because I’ve had the unfortunate experience of working on the show!)

Anyway enough said. The bottom line is, if nothing else just drop by when you’ve got nothing better to do and have fun!

Chris.

p.s. I also run a selection of training courses – check out the menu for more info.

And now… Here are some photos of me “in action” over the years haha.

Free Spirit Film & TV
Film, TV & Online Video Production.