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Film people: outdoor lighting's different in the West vs East Coast?

In this interview with Julia Louis Dreyfus, she talks about how the TV show Veep moved its filming location from Baltimore to Los Angeles. Halfway through, she says, "We never shot anything exterior during the day in California to stand in for the East Coast because the light is so different there." Having recently moved from Baltimore to Los Angeles myself, I'm curious - what does she mean?
posted by facehugger on Sep 6, 2016 - 20 answers

Researching American Films' "No Longer in Theaters" Dates?

Is there a way to check to see when an American major production stopped being shown in theaters? The release dates are easy enough to find, but can the cut-off dates for theatrical release showings be researched? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Tony Zhou's Every Frame a Painting, but for comics?

I've recently been getting into Tony Zhou's Every Frame a Painting series of youtube videos that really dig into the details of how cinematographers compose their shots and why they make the choices they do. I was wondering if there was anyone out there doing something similar for comic book art or the like? I like to draw and can see myself making a comic for fun much more easily than making a film. Having something to watch that is similarly engaging, but that I could actually apply would be really neat.
posted by Zalzidrax on May 22, 2016 - 8 answers

What's behind the "look" of mid-80s cinematography?

I was recently watching old clips of Labyrinth and was struck by how dingy and washed out the colors all looked. All browns and grays, with a pre-digital fuzziness to everything (but which is nonetheless absent from even older movies). I've noticed this before in other popular movies from around the mid-80s: the New York of Ghosbusters, for example, appears constantly overcast and even sootier than it ever probably was, and the Neverending Story also seems to share the same palette of dark colors and the occasional washed out pastels. What's behind this "mid-80s" look? Was it the quality of film stock that was used in big budget pictures during those years? Trends in lighting, set design and/or post-production? Or something else entirely?
posted by decoherence on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Lighting techniques of top cinematographers

Directors of photography like Roger Deakins, Robert Elswit, and Robert Richardson have distinct styles but are nevertheless first class examples of cinematography done right. I am looking for resources that delve into the type of lights they use, lighting plans (specific setups from certain scenes), and examples of intensities of the used lights (in LM). Any of these would be helpful really.
posted by omar.a on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Was the art of film making developed with white skin in mind?

I've read that the art of film making was developed with white skin in mind. Are there articles or books that describe this bias in more detail? I remember reading somewhere that The Wire, having to film many scenes featuring only black people, developed techniques to film black skin more effectively. Is that true? Thank you.
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer on Jul 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Cinematography and Game of Thrones

Are there any blogs or tumblrs that are a collection of the really beautiful shots that Game of Thrones does? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jun 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me name this collective of cinematographers

Can you help me come up with a name for a group of very talented cinematographers based in New York? Naturally the first place I went to was the dictionary (word by word), jotting down everything that had to do with the craft. The technical terms are not interesting to them because they prefer a nice name that focuses on the artistic/storytelling aspect of it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Dec 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Cinematography basics

What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Cinematography: What changed on Doctor Who between Davies and Moffat?

This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Short video for in-class discussion of film techniques

In class next week I'll be doing a "shot at a time" session as described by Roger Ebert, and I need a short (~30 min), visually interesting, readily available video to show in class. [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Nov 22, 2013 - 16 answers

My dad needs a list of films with great cinematography.

He says cinematography makes or breaks a film for him; plot and acting are secondary. He likes Netflix, but find it frustrating that it keeps suggesting films he doesn't like. I tried to get him to give me examples of films he's enjoyed, but he just said "Oh, you know, old black and white things, when cinematography was good." Can you please help me come up with some suggestions of things for him, perhaps something newer than Citizen Kane?
posted by Specklet on May 23, 2013 - 56 answers

Low-cost automated / automatic camera movement / slider?

I've decided to start posting my music on youtube... performed live. I'm looking to improve the cinematography with an automated slider / jib that could produce a movement like this on its own: Does anyone know how I can do this on a budget? [more inside]
posted by audio on Apr 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to find a cinematographer for an indie feature film?

We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

from whence the look of music videos from the late nineties?

Many music videos from the late nineties, six underground by the sneaker pimps being the most salient example to me, have a distinctive cinematographic feel and style to them, with very high contrast (super dark blacks and popping-out, almost oversaturated whites); a lot of murky brown/green and pops of red/blue. Does this style have a name? Is it a film effect or some kind of post-processing, or both? digital? Why was it so prevalent in the late-nineties, and, correct me if I am mistaken, mostly just for music videos? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on Jan 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Help me become a man with a movie camera!

Where can I find cinematography courses in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Sep 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for Netflix instant films with great cinematography

We want to watch movies on Netflix Istant that have beautiful cinematography. Nothing too violent or gory. We'd prefer a good plot and characters. We're not talking a good looking film, we want beautiful, drop dead gorgeous photography, available on Netflix Instant. For an example of what I mean by drop dead gorgeous, check out the trailer for Nostalghia. Obviously other films by that director, Andrei Tarkovsky, are one list, but what else would you suggest?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 19, 2012 - 40 answers

Master Moviemaking with the Mefites

Can you recommend online videos or blogs which dissect, compare, and contrast different elements of filmmaking: camerawork, lighting, directing, editing, pacing, music, dialogue, color, etc? And if you went to film school or took classes, what were some lessons/first-hand experiments that really opened your eyes to the art and subjective nature of film? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jan 11, 2012 - 1 answer

“See! This is what I'm talking about! Let’s do something like this!”

What are some go-to websites for cinematographic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Really, I'm just waiting for The Protomen to do this.

Music videos are a dime a dozen. However, it's pretty rare for an entire album to be made into a single video with a coherent narrative. What are some examples of this? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jul 14, 2011 - 31 answers

Examples of short films that work without much overhead?

Short, live-action films that work with limited locations, effects, budget, and actors? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 21, 2010 - 11 answers

There was an artful ski movie shot at 100FPS. What is it called?

Ski Movie Aficionados: Approximately five years ago I read about a very artful ski movie in the middle of multi-year production. The aspect I remember most clearly was a very high original frame rate to allow super- smooth slow motion. I want to say 100fps, but I really don't remember for sure. Can anyone lead me to this film? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Aug 1, 2010 - 1 answer

Shattered Glass in an Ice Storm

FilmFilter: What artistic quality might Shattered Glass and The Ice Storm have in common? Where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on May 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Cinematography reel website creation?

My good friend is a cinematographer and wants to update his online reel. I said I would snoop around for ideas on how best to do this? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Apr 27, 2010 - 3 answers


Name that Film-Filter: I'm trying to think of the name of a movie that I'd like to buy before the liquidation of a nearby Blockbuster comes to a close. High fantasy, vignettes, made less than five years ago. [more inside]
posted by fook on Nov 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Colors in Movies and Television

I watch a lot of movies, and I have noticed that in modern movies, almost every shot has a very restricted palette of two colors. Could someone tell me when this practice became standard? [more inside]
posted by Jimmy Havok on Nov 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Maybe I *do* really want to direct.

I want to teach myself to be more professional at digital video production. Are there any classes/seminars (online or in L.A.) that you'd recommend? If I could live in my dream world, I'd get to take the Travel Channel video course but without spending $2000 I don't have and having to drive to Santa Barbara for it. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 13, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I become a Camera Operator / Director of Photography / Cinematographer?

Career Change Advice: How can I become a Camera Operator / Director of Photography / Cinematographer? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on May 13, 2009 - 7 answers

What is this shot/effect from Heroes called?

On NBC's Heroes, what is the shot or effect called when Matt Parkman uses his telepathy? Bonus points if you can also point me to tips for emulating this in After Effects. [more inside]
posted by cramer on May 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Cinematography resources

Where can I learn more about cinematography? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Apr 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Foux de Fa Fa!

Point me to some real examples of the cinematic style parodied in Flight of the Conchords' "Foux de Fa Fa!" [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Filmmaker training, online?

Suggest online or DVD resources for a new filmmaker to learn about lenses, film formats, shot composition, camera moves, dialogue staging, and other aspects of cinematography & directing? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Makeshift production monitor from a computer LCD?

Can I use my computer monitor as an HD production monitor? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo on Feb 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Give this noob some basic info on prosumer video cameras.

Questions about buying a video camera in general and some specifics about the Canon XL1.... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Apr 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Why use single-camera mode when shooting television?

What, from the standpoint of the audience, is the difference/advantage between shooting, say, a sitcom, in single-camera mode (SCM) and multiple-camera mode (MCM)? If all you're doing in SCM is shooting dialogue, for example, out-of-order to construct an effect that is effortlessly achieved by switching from one camera to the next in MCM, it would seem that, if anything, you would gain from the immediacy of the actors' reaction in a scene shot in MCM.
posted by the sobsister on Mar 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Don't you want me, baby?

Whose style did The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" video clip bite? [more inside]
posted by kuperman on May 23, 2005 - 7 answers

HP Commercial Effect

Deconstruct-the-magic-filter: In the latest series of HP commercials, there is this really neat effect where people wave photographs around and they meld seamlessly with the footage, and vice versa. How do they accomplish this? I'm not easily stumped by this kind of thing, but I really have no idea.
posted by phrontist on Mar 16, 2005 - 11 answers

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