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Examining the Color Palette of Film: The Impact of Color and Its Use by Cinematographers by Jacqueline Frost

The color palette of a film is a subtle way to visually enhance the emotional aspects of a film and guide the viewer to respond to it on a visceral level. Understanding the basic components of color, warm colors and cool colors, as well as how the audience responds to …

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“Sound Designing & How To Think About Sound: Four-Step Strategy” by Mark Kerins

Sound Designing & How To Think About Sound Four-Step Strategy by Mark Kerins “Sound designer” first came to prominence as a film crew credit in the 1970s. If today it retains a bit of political baggage in the hierarchical film industry (thanks to inconsistent application, especially in comparison to job …

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“Deliver a Strong Audio Mix for Your Documentary” by Bryant Falk

Deliver a Strong Audio Mix for Your Documentary A Layered Approach by Bryant Falk There are many types of movies to shoot, edit and ultimately sound design and mix. It’s these back two items I am particularly interested in as applied to documentaries. Docs are unique, as your location material …

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“To Zoom or Not to Zoom: That is the Question” by Peter Stein, ASC

You have just gotten your first big film to shoot. This is an exciting time. You want it to be a fantastic experience, because it will be a mainstay of your reel – and a possible entré into the industry. You have a great relationship with the director and even …

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“Creating Characters from Other Realms” by Pamela Jaye Smith

Harry Potter, Twilight, Buffy, Fringe, Supernatural, True Blood… in the midst of the most scientifically advanced civilization in history we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in magic and other realms. You doubt there’s more to reality than our human senses can perceive? Just watch your cat stalking “invisible” things. The …

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“How the Last Shot is Only the Beginning: Directing Your Actors After the Cameras Have Stopped Rolling” by John Badham

Congratulations! You’ve finished shooting! However, completing your last take is by no means the end of your work with your actor. There is still editing and ADR (automated dialogue replacement) to be done. Treat these steps lightly, and you’ll get a nasty surprise. You need to draw on all the …

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‘Quick Change’ Lighting: Includes 9 Tips for the Time-Saving Technique by Paolo Dy

In the cinematographer’s ideal world, we would get every piece of equipment we asked for, and production managers would give us half a day to prepare each setup. However, independent filmmaking reality dictates that we’re more likely to find ourselves four hours behind schedule at 8 p.m. with fifteen setups …

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“Lighting for Film: Keep It Simple” by Michael Corbett

To improve your tennis game, play with better tennis players. I am not sure where I first heard this, but it was one of the most important things I’ve learned about improving “my game” as a director of photography. For me, the better tennis players are directors of photography I …

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“High-Speed Photography Tips” by Kevin Zanit

Extremely high-speed cinematography presents its own set of unique challenges. It is an art of its own, that takes much time to understand and master. The applications for extreme high-speed photography are vast. Things that the naked eye perceives as instant and mundane become exciting and visually amazing. Take a …

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