Camera Techniques

Film Grammar: Top 20 Cinematic Techniques

I collect these links because it’s always good to have references to films – and not just films that I am really familiar with – but a lot of other films to constantly study Film Grammar.  How does it work?   And not work?  

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Fun Production Problem Solving Skills: $10 DIY Camera Slider!

A Slider adds a little move in the frame to make the shot interesting.  They have become essential to today’s filmmaking with that gentle glide used to facilitate movement and interesting frames.  You can build one.  Again, even if you don’t build one, then watch the video as a Production Problem Solver. Shopping List: 2-…

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Film Riot – How to Build a Camera Jib for Under $200

Learning how to build a DIY jib is important.  You might NEVER actually build one.  But now you start thinking about how to solve problems.  Film Production is solving one big problem.   It’s finding the way to make it work for a price – FilmmakingWithaCalculator.com – and making it work for that price.  …

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The RED EPIC! – Film Riot

The Red Epic Camera has become a major player in World Cinema.  The camera has been used by the likes of Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh.    Here is also a list of other Large Sensor Interchangeable Lens Video Cameras. Your Goal:  Understand how these cameras work, their capabilities and their faults so you can…

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Aputure Lights – Great LED Lights

Aputure Lights have intrigued me completely.   The on or off-camera Amaran AL-528W Daylight LED Flood Light from Aputure is a daylight-balanced (5500K) LED light that delivers precise color accuracy thanks to its high CRI 95+ rated LEDs. The light produces a wide 75° beam angle with a brightness of 1,220 lux at a distance of 3.3′ and features…

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Production Techniques: Exposure Explained

Learning about Exposure – whether in digital or traditional film – is more than just about exposure.  Understanding the craft of filmmaking is key to solving problems behind the camera (with the crew), through the camera (the image) and even in front of the camera (actors, lighting and action).

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Production Technique: Creating the Illusion of Depth

Cinema on the big screen – and now its no longer red-headed stepchild Television – requires some illusions performed by the technicians and artists working behind and in front of the camera.  The audience is required to to embrace a suspension of disebelief.   A voluntary mindset to avoid the rational exclusion of the impossible, the…

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Production Technique – Use Forced Prespective Miniatures

 Forced Perspective Miniatures – A Fine Hollywood Tradition “At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum…

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