Cinematography

“the art or technique of motion-picture photography.”

A Conversation with John Simmons, ASC

Shed Some Light Exclusive Interview with John Simmons, ASC StudentFilmmakers Magazine: You were nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2020) for the “Family Reunion” episode, “Remember Black Elvis?” Can you please talk with us about the episode traversing through time? John Simmons, ASC: “Family Reunion” is very conscious …

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Behind the Scenes of MFA Thesis, “Rear View”

(Pictured above: The crew captures Miles [Timmy Hart Barron] and Annie [Callie Johnson] in a flashback, shot at Starved Rock State Park on anamorphic lenses. Photo by Brian Khan.) Rear View Lensing Grief   By John Klein When writer-director Steve Kniss approached me about shooting his MFA thesis film, Rear …

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Quasar Science Advanced Studio Lighting Instruments: The RR100 and RR50

The RR100 and RR50 Linear LED Lights are elegant, compact and filled with new features. This sleek design advances Quasar’s tubular form factor by doubling the width but retaining the low profile shape that gets the RR into all the same tight spaces as legacy Quasar lights. Affectionately dubbed the …

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Darius Dawson on Directing Award-Winning Thesis Short, A RODEO FILM

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are some discussion topics you’d love to see people have after they watch, “A Rodeo Film”? Darius Dawson: For me, “A Rodeo Film” was about normalizing black voices, so I want you to talk about this film like you would any other film. I was fortunate enough …

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Paul Wheeler, BSC Talks High Definition

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What changes in HD have you seen over the years? Paul Wheeler, BSC: The most significant change was two that came more or less simultaneously.  When solid state storage came in replacing tape and the three-chip configuration was replaced by single chip sensors.  The larger single chip sensors …

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Shooting for TV and Film: Q&A with Paige Thomas, SOC

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of your most favorite scenes to shoot and why? Paige Thomas, SOC: One of my favorite scenes to shoot, recently, were the puppy scenes in Dear Zoe. There were several German Shepherd puppies in some of the scenes and they were the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Set in …

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Shooting Action Sports with Todd Grossman

Pictured above: Shooting Arri Alexa Mini with Ultra Wide – Glendale skatepark. Photo: @thinkmillergroup. What technologies have driven change in action sports Film/TV production over the years? Todd Grossman: While the most significant changes have been born out of image quality and the ability to move the camera in ways …

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