Items tagged "cinematography":

  1. Indie Action Movie Tutorials: Cinematography Part 1-Focal Length


  2. ””Cinematography: The art, science and work of photography in making films”

    An article from the Washington Post discusses the documentary “Cameraman” a new film about the life and work of famed cinematographer Jack Cardiff.


  3. Coolest discovery of the day! 

    "CameraSim" The online SLR Simulator!

    Practice using an SLR camera…

    1.Experiment with the lighting, ISO, aperture, shutter, and distance settings while observing the readings in the camera viewfinder

    2.Click the “Snap photo!” button.

    3. Review your photo!”

    Simple and FuN! 


  4. This is so wicked sweet. Producers rejoice! 

    "Fletcher Camera & Lenses Digital Cinematography Camera Comparison Chart"

    Complied with information gathered with numerous conversations with various cinematographers, colorists, colleagues and manufacturers. Please understand this is subjective. This is not a scientific collection of data. We have sincerely tried to collect the accurate information to share with industry and help producers make an educated decision on a camera and format. Please report any discrepancies to”

    Favorite parts:

    Notable credits (tv/films shot on said camera) and Average National Daily Rental Rates!



  5. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

    – Imogen Cunningham


  6. First time director, Celine Danhier’s “Blank City” 

    During the punk rock stage in the late ’70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of “Do it yourself” independent filmmaking.”

    Interviews with:

    Steve Buscemi, Lydia Lunch, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, John Waters, Beth B, James Nares, Amos Poe, Bette Gordon, Casandra Stark, Deborah Harry and Eric Mitchell 

    Article from LA TIMES: New York’s No Wave Film Movement recalled in “”Blank City”

    HUZZAH!!!!! Can’t wait to see this!!!


  7. Really neat post from!

    "25 Greatest Tracking Shots in Movie History"

    What do you think? We missing any of your favorites?

    Click the link to see the full list! 


  8. Folks in LA! Don’t forget, Tomorrow Night:

    "Cinematography in the Digital Age"

    Samuel Goldwyn Theater

    8949 Wilshire Boulevard

    Beverly Hills CA 90211

    Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm

    5$ General Admission

    Revolutionary developments in digital technology continue to impact every aspect of filmmaking. This evening’s program will focus on cinematography, exploring how current skills and techniques of cinematographers have evolved from traditional methodologies used when working with celluloid film.

    “Cinematography in the Digital Age” will include film clips and discussion with cinematographers on the challenges and opportunities brought by changing technologies. A variety of motion picture formats and techniques will be discussed, including animation, motion capture and visual effects.”




  10. Nikon releases their new mid-range entry level DSLR with a swivel screen. The Nikon D5100 will run about $800 for the body, 900$ with a 18-55mm kit lens and will be available April 21st. 


    TypeSingle-lens reflex digital cameraLens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)Effective pixels16.2 millionImage sensor23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS sensormage size (pixels)
    • 4,928 X 3,264 (L)
    • 3,696 X 2,448 (M)
    • 2,464 X 1,632 (S)
    File format1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEGMediaSD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1
    SDHC, and SDXC memory cardsFrame advance rateUp to 4 fps *2ISO sensitivityISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control availableMovieFrame size (pixels) and frame rate : 
    • 1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25 p/24 p,  high/normal
    • 1,280 X 720, 30 p/25 p/24 p,  high/normal
    • 640 X 424, 30 p/25 p,  high/normal

    A frame rate of 30 p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) is available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25 p is available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24 p is selected is 23.976 fps.
    File format/Video compression:
    MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
    Audio recording device:
    Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable

    Monitor3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustmentPower sourceBattery : One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
    AC adapter : EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)Dimensions (approx.)
    (W×H × D)128 X 97 X 79 mmWeight (approx.)510 g without battery, memory card, or body cap
    560 g with battery and memory card but without body capMajor supplied accessoriesEN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, UC-E6 USB cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM


  11. "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"

    Trailer for a WICKED cinematography documentary I’m tracking down today! Gimmie! 


  12. "Limitless"

    When I first saw this trailer I was really intrigued. When I found out their DP was Jo Willems I was hooked! If you don’t know, he DP’d “Hard Candy” “Rocket Science” & “30 Days of Night.”

    Check out this awesome Q & A with him from FilmSlateMagazine. He talks about what got him into filmmaking, what makes him choose a project and how being behind the camera is such an ever evolving process!



  13. Once again one of my favorite books, Jane Eyre, has a new adaptation out.  I can’t freakin’ wait. 

    Head over to Focus Features to read the whole article about location scouting, choosing to go hand-held, shooting with natural lighting and and adding effects in post production to enhance a scene.

    I love how dark it looks! Can’t wait!!!!


  14. Just found an awesome new blog to follow called DIYSUCKS! LOL! 

    It’s about how independent filmmaking is NOT for the faint of heart. 

    The “I love you Philip Morris” trailer above is from yesterday’s post “the two most important things in marketing an indie film”…..the poster and the trailer!

    Check it out and show them some love and appreciation by joining in the conversation!