Each scene in a well-crafted film contains dozens of examples of how the art of cinematography can affect an audience and draw them further into a story or a character. All you have to do is study those films and be willing to learn to become a better cinematographer.
Filmmaking Tips and Advice
The smartphone is one of the best tools you can have in your pocket if you’re going to be on a film set. It can be anything you need from a depth-of-field calculator to a clapperboard – if you’re armed with the right apps, like these five cinematography apps available for Android.
Raw Stock is back answering questions from readers working below-the-line and behind the camera. We discuss why some TV shows look so different from movies, the best way to approach your job title on a business card, and why it’s proper setiquette to walk, not run, on a film set.
The Black and Blue is four years old! Can you believe it? Neither can I. So please join me while we take time to look back at the past year of this site and what it means for you and I.
Do you know the difference between flying a Steadicam in high mode or low mode? What about Don Juan and missionary? In this post, we put the dirty bedroom jokes aside and look at basic Steadicam positions and the terms used to describe them from a beginner’s perspective.
When I set out to redesign The Black and Blue, I knew I’d be hiring freelance designers, developers, and a few others to help. What I didn’t realize was the difficulty of doing so and how much time and money I’d waste jumping over obstacles and making mistakes.
Once the champagne’s gone flat and your hangover’s passed, it’s time for a fresh start in the new year. For many that means New Year’s Resolutions. While I’m not big on resolutions and promises to myself, there’s one thing I must improve on for more work and a better filmmaking career.
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.
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.