How you move the camera is a sort of language, a way to communicate to the audience apart from dialogue. There are one million ways to move the camera to complement the narrative. And camera panning is just one way to speak — a simple movement that speaks volumes. So, what is a camera pan and how can it be used to speak directly to the audience? Let’s define it and look at some examples. (more…)
Jurassic Park is one of the few movies that have set the standard among audiences’ expectations for modern blockbusters. With more recent installments such as Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom falling short of many viewers' expectations, what exactly made the original so amazing? The answer is largely due to the Jurassic Park cinematography and the direction of Steven Spielberg. Although the production design, visual effects, and performances all contributed to its success, the innovative techniques used to tell the story set Jurassic Park apart from its sequels. So how did Steven Spielberg use his camera to a larger ...
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is CinemaScope?" It’s a widescreen lens and projection system that has become a popular choice for filmmakers and is now an industry standard. Most audiences around the world had never seen anything like it, and it started the widescreen revolution that, literally, changed the shape of movies forever. So, what is CinemaScope, exactly? And just how important was it to the cinema landscape both then and now? (more…)
Shot List SeriesShot SizeShot FramingCamera AnglesCamera FocusCamera GearCamera Movement You're looking for a list of the different types of camera shot framing in film, but you also want great examples that come with clear explanations of when and why to use specific shot frames. After our video detailing the main types of camera framing, we'll provide you with downloadable shot lists that you can use for reference the next time you shot list a project. Lezgo. (more…)
Afilm set is a unique world that has to be experienced to be understood. There is a steep learning curve that comes with every film production. It can take many years before anyone is completely at home on set, and to master the plethora of film and cinematography terms. (more…)
Lighting is one of the most crucial aspects of cinematography. There are literally infinite ways to light a scene, and each one has the potential to drastically change how people view the subject. When you want a dramatic effect that makes the subject’s face interesting, you want what’s known as Rembrandt lighting. A Rembrandt lighting setup is common in the field of photography. It’s a great way to draw a viewer’s attention to a precise area of the photograph. However, cinematographers have much they can learn from this technique. Let’s look at this technique and how it can help you ...
If you’ve ever made a shot list before you know how repetitive it can be adding the same shots over and over again. While laborious and time consuming, this is a necessary step to shot list your productions. I’m here to show you how creating a shot list template will save you tons of time. Follow along for a step-by-step breakdown of how to streamline shot list creation for basic coverage. (more…)
Why do filmmakers use over-the-shoulder shots? Can they signal to the viewer that two characters are, at the very least, on the same page? The OTS shot is one of the most commonly used shots in film and television, but often it's used without proper application of advanced cinematic language. We'll break down the psychology so your OTS shots drive home an emotional concept. (more…)
TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTOMACROTILT SHIFTSPLIT DIOPTERFISHEYE Filmmakers have a wide variety of camera techniques to implement to adequately tell a story. One of the most powerful tools directors have at their disposal is the split diopter lens, which is capable of having two subjects at different distances in frame simultaneously.In this blog, we’ll go over what exactly a split diopter shot is. We’ll also include plenty of examples, so you can see it first-hand. Used properly, you can use a split focus diopter to convey a certain mood and direct your audience to exactly what they need to pay ...
TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Kit lenses are great for beginners, but if you’re at the point where you want to experiment with new lenses, prime lenses are a great place to start. They can also help you become a better photographer or filmmaker, because they rely on way less mechanics than other lenses. So. what is a prime lens? And why should you use one? Let’s dive in. (more…)
The dolly zoom is one of the most discussed cinematic techniques. You can use them in many ways, but a great director will find a logical reason to include them. When paired with the correct story moment, the dolly zoom can draw the audience into the story and the character's state of mind. (more…)
TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO What is a tilt shift lens? The tilt-shift lens manipulates optics and perception — making it one of the best tools a photographer or videographer can have at their disposal. The tilt shift effect can be very dramatic but the way to get it is something photographers at any level can achieve it. So, how does it work, and how can you use a tilt shift lens to capture such fascinating images? (more…)
Once you’re familiar with the basics of photography and videography, more advanced techniques are fun to explore. One of those techniques is bokeh, the tasteful inclusion of out of focus elements. Aperture and depth of field are necessary for achieving the bokeh effect but what is bokeh exactly? We'll start with a bokeh meaning, including some bokeh photography examples before ending with a step-by-step guide on how to achieve the bokeh effect. (more…)
Shot List SeriesShot SizeShot FramingCamera AnglesCamera FocusCamera GearCamera Movement You're looking for a list of the different types of camera shots and shot sizes in film, TV, or animation, but you also want great examples that come with clear explanations of when and why to use a specific shot size? We'll provide you with a downloadable shot list example with all the different types of camera shot sizes in film. Lezgo. (more…)
Browse Terms A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Whether you’re working on your first or 100th film, there is always something new to learn. When you need to update your film terminology, this resource will be your best friend. We’ve included as many film terms as humanly possible all on one page, so let’s get into it. (more…)
Golden hour is a term to describe a certain kind of light that is incredibly pleasing to the eye, and also looks incredibly cinematic. But what is it? And when is golden hour? This post goes over the best time to capture this incredible light and some tips on how to do it. (more…)
If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, you’ve probably heard the term aspect ratio quite often. Before you shoot even a single frame of your film, you have to decide what aspect ratio would be best. This decision will affect the staging and framing of every single shot going forward. Why? What is aspect ratio, and why does it matter so much? Let’s find out. (more…)
What is a tracking shot? They are really fun to watch, but difficult to film. We've put together a list of the best tracking shots of all time.Then we break down everything you'll need to consider when blocking and planning a tracking shot in your own projects. (more…)
The best cinematographers are artists, technicians, diplomats, and accountants. Choosing the best cinematographers is tough. But we’ve done it. (more…)
What is chroma key? The use of chroma key green screens has become integral to modern filmmaking. Whether alongside the use of chroma key green screens or chroma key blue screens, chroma key effects have become the most commonly used VFX technique in the entire film industry. In this post, we’ll provide a chroma key definition, explain the importance of chroma key technology, and the reasoning behind using different chroma key colors. (more…)