Getting to know how your lens choice can affect the the ‘language’ of Cinematography
For budding cinematographers the ‘language’ of cinematography is certainly something you need to understand if you are going to move forward with your career. This language includes not just phrases and terminology (though I’ll touch on those in this post) but also your lens choice and camera blocking. Become fluent in the language of Cinematography and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the next big thing!
So join me as we quickly explore the many wonderful elements of motion picture photography. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll be more familiar with some of the core basics that will help you improve your movie skills.
We live in a wonderful age of technology; a time when anyone can pick up a camera and make a movie. It’s amazing, fabulous, incredible… but it has put a lot of focus on equipment.
It seems almost every man and his dog in the low budget filmmaking world is talking about which camera they should choose? Which format or lenses should they shoot with?
Frankly all this BS drives me totally nuts! Guys please listen, stop wasting all your energy on techy camera pros and cons.
Here’s a little secret… Most audiences these days can’t tell the difference between digital or film, they don’t know the difference between a ARRI Alexa or a Box Brownie! What’s more, most of them don’t actually give a damn what the hell the movie was shot on. What’s far more important is whether you are giving them what they really need. A compelling STORY with believable CHARACTERS.
So what’s the most important bit of gear you need to make an amazing movie?
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What’s all this about?
It’s practical, original, plain speaking advice, on how to stand out from the crowd, get noticed and get into the industry.
What this isn’t…
Some dull careers advice babble, regurgitated and re packaged, old ideas with new jargon; same old, same old, concocted by a so-called ‘expert’ who’s never worked in the business and knows as much about film and TV industry as my cat!
With so many people striving to get into the film and TV industry things are getting increasingly difficult for young talent to get a foot in the door. A Sad Fact... Hundreds of thousands of media students graduate worldwide every year and over 40% of those who apply for work, or work experience in the industry, don’t even get replies to their job applications… zilch, nothing, zippo…no feedback whatsoever! Why is this happening? Well I know exactly why, but more on that later.
Every month I, and my industry colleagues, get inundated with floods of people looking for work, people desperately trying find a way in, disheartened students and filmmakers that are dangerously close to just giving up on their dream… I want to make sure they don’t give up!
All these people asking for help has prompted me to write a series of blog posts offering genuine guidance and advice to people across the world who want to work in any area of the film and TV industry. Continue reading
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Being a professional camera operator is a highly skilled job, which requires many qualities. It’s not just a case of just looking down the viewfinder and shooting. Sadly many people think that’s all there is to it, but in reality this is just the start.
The following guidelines are a result of my many years of shooting as a documentary cameraman and drama DoP. Professional operators practice this stuff “day-in, day-out” because high standards really do matter.
I’m going to cover my top guidelines in 3 parts, which I will release separately over the next couple of weeks:
- Part 1. The Camera Operator’s Mindset
- Part 2. Camera Operating Techniques
- Part 3. Care and Handling of Equipment
So if you’re really serious about getting to the top of your career… and I’m assuming you are…read on. For all you Producers, Directors and Camera Operators out there I hope this will be of great value to you all….enjoy!