And though the film industry is far different from the golden age of Hollywood – where stars were born and studios pumped out movies like a sausage factory – there is one major myth that lives on unwilling to die.
Filmmaking perspectives from the less glamorous side of the camera
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Did you know Indiana Jones himself was once the man behind the camera? This week I found out Harrison Ford was once on the crew of a film shoot before hitting it big as Han Solo in Star Wars.
Top Gear, the no-holds-barred car magazine show from the BBC, has firmly established itself as a cultural powerhouse. Part of the draw has been it’s anonymous “tame” racing driver “The Stig.” Some say that he blinks horizontally. All we know is he wrote a book in which he talks about how they breathe life into the beautiful cinematography that has become a staple of Top Gear.
The Society of Camera Operators and editor Bob Joyce teamed together to create a great little montage of camera operators throughout Hollywood films.
Using a mix of high-speed, 16mm and HD cameras, NFL Films has managed to make even the most boring games seem like gripping tales of desperation. How is this Pixar-like track record of excellence maintained? Let’s take a look behind the scenes of NFL Films to find out…
No industry is complete without a set of its own jokes and filmmaking is no different. I’ve heard a few jokes on set that lead to a good chuckle so I wanted to round up as many camera department related jokes as I could find. It turns out that despite no electricians residing within the camera department, that there’s an awful lot of light bulbs to be changed.
It seems these days that the gap between independent films and Hollywood couldn’t be greater. Where the bread and butter of indie films has always been small character dramas, Hollywood is finding more ways to expel these stories from its gables and make spectacle, “tentpole,” films its area of focus.
Part of the enjoyment of watching LOST, for myself, was the cinematography and production value that went into the show. I recently found a video online of Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke in the show, talking about the crew behind the camera and how their technical abilities helped enable the art of LOST.
A couple of weeks ago I worked as a camera assistant/swing on a behind-the-scenes shoot for a Virginia lottery commercial. The commercial, which centered around a dog wrapping lottery tickets as gifts for his owners, was shot in Richmond, VA.
Directors Andrew Gaynord and Joe Grace along with Rocket Sausage have given us a preview into the exciting new world of CGI-brows.