7 Tips to Shoot Like an Editor

After the five things cinematographers can do to make their editor happier, and the art of shooting B-Roll, another way to ensure that the transition between production and post-production is as smooth as possible is to think like an editor while you shoot. DSLR Video Shooter gives out 7 ...

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Paul Thomas Anderson on the Importance of Keeping Film as an Option and What Might Get Lost with Digital

Last October at the Lincoln Film Center Paul Thomas Anderson  showed clips from feature films, TV shows, music videos, documentaries that had an impact on him, and from that point on, a conversation took place, covering his influences and take on storytelling.While we still wait on ...

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By mentorless| 2 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Films and TV Show, Interviews, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers
The Key Advice Steve Lawes (Sherlock BBC) Has Received on His First Day as a DoP on Set

 Following J.J. Abrams, Phedon Papamichael and Leonardo DiCaprio, cinematographer Steve Lawes, the man behind the lens on hit TV Show Sherlock, talks about a key advice he received on his very first day on set as a cinematographer, and that had a major impact on his work mindset fro ...

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Reed Morano Urges You to Sign this Petition If You Care About Films at All

Cinematographer Reed Morano (Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, Looking) just launched a petition asking for TV manufacturers to turn off the Motion Interpolation defect setting, that takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video ca ...

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Behind the Scene: Watch Roman Polanski Direct an Ambitious Outdoor Scene in 1971

If you've ever wondered how big scenes were made pre-digital, CGI and green screen era, this behind-the-scenes from 1971 following Roman Polanski as he shoots Macbeth will not only answer your question but  might also (friendly warning) trigger a wave of nostalgia for a time where filmmakin ...

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Brace Yourself: Here is a 1h30 Masterclass with Darren Aronofsky

 This was long overdue, but it finally happened, and just like for Steve McQueen, we have to thank a museum for programming a masterclass with Daren Aronofsky and for sharing it with the world. So thank you, New Museum.Like Christopher Nolan, Aronofsky launched his career with ...

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By mentorless| 2 Comments | Acting and Actors, Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Film Scoring and Composers, Interviews, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers
Everytime Might Just Be the Friendliest App for Filmmaking Teams to Collect and Share Visuals

You are working on a project and just found the perfect shot on Vimeo or Youtube to explain to your cinematographer what you just found and why you think it can help you. Up until now, to do all that you had three options:- take a screen cap and email explanatory notes along with it - ...

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The Art and Power of the Opening Shot: an excellent video essay on SHAME

Opening shots are rarely deal breakers, they can make History, but you're unlikely to stop watching a film right after an opening shot, just like you're unlikely to stop reading a script after the first line. And yet, an opening shot sets the tone and plants seeds in the back of the audie ...

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How to Pick the Right Focal Lens

Although this video is primarily intended for photographers, if you are an indie filmmaker who just got your hands on a DSLR and are trying to familiarize yourself with your camera and its lenses, I believe there is some good insight to get from Steve Perry's tutorial. Whether or not you're ...

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In NYC? Join a FREE (Space Limited!) 2 days Filmmaking Workshop with Philip Bloom

This is a unique opportunity: 25 filmmakers in NYC will have a chance to attend a  free two days workshop with renown filmmaker Philip Bloom, shoot on a Sony a7s in 4k -each filmmaker will have access to a camera (!) and work on editing the footage gathered during the first day.Below ar ...

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