The Camera Debacle

I want to first address why this post is being made. It is partly due to frustration, but more so due to concern. Frustration because once I show something I've done or watched something with people, another filmmaker will immediately ask "what camera did you use"? Nothing about the story decisions, only about the camera. …

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Lighting Guides Part 2

Several months ago I created a blog post about some useful lighting guidelines. Since then I've put together some other guidelines that may prove useful. This comes from information other cinematographers have shared and some comes from personal experience. I've gathered some steps that helps get your desired look. Lighting steps : 1 What is …

How the past can shape your future. Examining Paintings.

As cinematographers we strive to seek inspiration in any and everything we can. Walking into a room or staring outside can inspire you by simply observing how the light falls. However, if there is one form of inspiration that can benefit almost any aspiring cinematographer it's paintings. Paintings is the father of cinematography and photography. …

How Music can become an Unseen Character in your Film!

Filmmaking is a magical process. It's a rare profession that incorporates all different types of creative areas. From photography to sound design, filmmaking is a mixing bowl. Music is one area that finds its way into film and it does so in various ways. For this article I will be differentiating music from musical scores …