It’s been an incredible year for The Black and Blue and next year looks even more promising. But before we pop champagne to celebrate 2014, let’s take a moment to look back at the most helpful, most entertaining, and most visited posts published on The Black and Blue in 2013.
Filmmaking Tips and Advice
As a cinematographer, Haskell Wexler has brought to life some Hollywood classics and brought home two Oscar statues. But Wexler has also had to put up with the same strenuous working conditions that film crews are often beholden to. Specifically, long working hours that cause sleep deprivation. So he did what any filmmaker might do – he made a movie about it.
Netting a lens is a great and simple way to add style to a scene using cloth material mounted on the rear element of a lens. While netting lenses won’t happen on every job, it’s a technique camera assistants are expected to be familiar with – and can learn how to do in this video.
88 cinematographers and ASC members reveal thoughts, advice, tips, and tricks they’ve received that helped them throughout their professional careers. Their responses range from the simple to the complex, the obvious to the specific, and the easy to the hard – but all of them stand to help you make the most of life in the film industry.
Have you ever wanted to sit down for coffee with an industry pro just to ask them a few questions about their experience and their life as a crew member? That’s exactly what a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) is like – a virtual version of a coffee meet-up. And though it won’t get you that latte you’re craving, this AMA with a union camera assistant may help you answer a few questions.
Raw Stock is here with four new questions from readers of The Black and Blue. This week’s topics include how to make sure gear is reliable when renting, the proper way to store lenses, setting day rates, and taking unfair blame on set.
Focal points is a weekly summary of the best around the web from the filmmaking community. From videos to articles to apps and everything in between, focal points focuses on the greatest filmmaking resources available – starting with these seven awesome filmmaking articles.