Are LUT’s Killing Creativity And Eroding Skills?


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I see this all the time “which LUT should I use to get this look” or “I like that, which LUT did you use”. Don’t get me wrong, I use LUT’s and they are a very useful tool, but the now almost default reversion to adding a LUT to log and raw material is killing creativity.

In my distant past I worked in and helped run  a very well known post production facilities company. There were two high end editing and grading suites and many of the clients came to us because we could work to the highest standards of Continue reading “Are LUT’s Killing Creativity And Eroding Skills?”

Inside the Look of “Joker”


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At this year’s Academy Awards, Todd Phillips’s Joker took home Oscars for Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. It received the most nominations (11) ever for a comic-based movie.

Shot by often collaborator, cinematographer Lawrence Sher (Hangover, Garden State). Hurlbut Academy has released an analysis video talking about the look and cinematography of Joker. This is the first in their series of “the Look of” videos on recent films.

Joker – the Movie

If you haven’t seen it, Joker is available online and nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture

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7 of the Most Inventive Uses of Green Screen in Movies


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There’s no shortage of movies that use visual effects, but only a few have been totally cutting-edge and crazy when it comes to green screen.

Temporal Aliasing – Beware!


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As camera resolutions increase and the amount of detail and texture that we can record increases we need to be mindful more and more of temporal aliasing. 

Temporal aliasing occurs when the differences between the frames in a video sequence create undesirable sequences of patterns that move from one frame to the next, often appearing to travel in the opposite direction to any camera movement. The classic example of this is the wagon wheels going backwards effect often seen in old cowboy movies. The cameras shutter captures the spokes of the wheels in a different position in each frame Continue reading “Temporal Aliasing – Beware!”

A Brief Look At The New Canon C500 Mark II Full-Frame Camera


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Thin slicing is a psychology term used by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Blink.” The premise is you have garnered so much experience you can look at something and all those years of hard work all those years of finding what works and what fails bubbles to the surface, giving you a superhuman capability to see something. I saw the Canon C500 Mark II. I saw what it could do in the hands of a cinematographer. I saw it. Canon has made a very good camera.

What I Shot in 5 Days

I shot as much as I could

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How We Judge Exposure Looking At an Image And The Importance Of ViewFinder Contrast.


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This came out of a discussion about viewfinder brightness where the compliant was that the viewfinder on the FX9 was too bright when compared side by side with another monitor. It got me into really thinking about how we judge exposure when purely looking at a monitor or viewfinder image.

To start with I think it’s important to thing understand a couple of things:

1: Our perception of how bright a light source is depends on the ambient light levels. A candle in a dark room looks really bright, but outside on a sunny day it is not perceived as Continue reading “How We Judge Exposure Looking At an Image And The Importance Of ViewFinder Contrast.”

The Hallmark of Comedy: Making Your Talent Pop with High-Key Lighting


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In this video tutorial, we take a look at high-key lighting — what exactly it is, when should you use it, and how you set it up.

Wedding Photography vs. Videography: Pros and Cons


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So you’re about to shoot someone’s wedding. That’s amazing — it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of one of the most intimate and beautiful experiences in human love. But between photography and videography, which medium gets the job done?

I’m the co-owner of CineStory Films, a Los Angeles-based wedding video and photo service, and we specialize in both mediums. We have professionals who opt for video and others who choose photo to get the best results. Here are the pros and cons of both photography and videography.

Comfort and Experience

While it’s important to keep your clients in

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Sundance 2020: Spotlight on Sophia Olsson, DP of “Charter”


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Charter is a masterfully made film from Swedish director/DP duo Amanda Kernell and Sophia Olsson.  This film has the grip of a chase movie, the psychological tension of great suspense, the urgency of a fugitive film…and yet still manages the heart of a great family drama.  This movie puts the audience inside a mother’s spontaneous abduction of her children during a terrible custody battle. Read on to learn more about the film’s cinematographer Sophia Olsson and how she achieved its bold look in some truly challenging circumstances.

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Sundance 2020: Spotlight on Katelin Arizmendi, DP of “Charm City Kings”


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Charm City Kings,  directed by Angel Manuel Soto, took home the U.S Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast this past Saturday at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. From Executive Producers Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and James Lassiter, comes the story of a young man named Mouse, who hopes to take his place in the Midnight Clique, a notorious group of  dirt-bike riders in Baltimore, among whom who his late brother had ridden to glory and tragedy. To learn how the incredible performances of this award-winning cast went from set to screen, read our interview with the film’s

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Recreating the Look of Oscar-Nominated Film “The Lighthouse”


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With the Academy Awards approaching, we decided to honor the Oscar-nominated film The Lighthouse by recreating a scene from the movie.

Cooke Debuting Anamorphic/i FF+ 85mm Macro at BSC Expo


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Exciting news! Cooke Optics will be unveiling the latest Anamorphic/i Full Frame 85mm Macro lens at BSC Expo in just a couple of weeks. During BSC Expo, Cooke Optics will reveal the Anamorphic/i Full Frame 85mm Macro with both Standard coating and SF (Special Flair) coating. Cooke’s Anamorphic/i FF line of lenses includes the following […]

On Set: How to Operate the Fisher Model 10 Dolly


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The Fisher Model 10 dolly is an industry standard for good reason, but you can’t buy one — you can only rent it. So what can it …

Sundance 2020: Spotlight on DP Laura Bellingham


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The Sundance Film Festival program lists Amulet as a thriller in which director Romola Garai “builds a profoundly restrained dread as she unleashes a phantasmagorical nightmare. This genre piece follows a homeless veteran in London named Tomaz, who becomes entangled in the lives of a woman and her homebound mother. The more time he spends with them, the more he suspects unnatural and otherworldly forces at play. To bring Garai’s modern folklore to the screen, DP Laura Bellingham had her work cut out for her.  Read on and discover her account of the making of Amulet.  

Sundance 2020: Spotlight on Robert Leitzell, DP of “Black Bear”


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8Sure to be a crowd-pleaser amongst filmmakers, Black Bear is a story of a director who blurs the line between art and reality.  The protagonist, played by Aubrey Plaza, draws the audience into her search for creative revitalization, which she pursues through the real-life manipulation of a married couple hosting her at a remote lake house in the Adirondacks.  Black Bear is one of ten films in the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT Category.  Below is our interview with the movie’s cinematographer, Rob Leitzell.

Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott appear in Black Bear. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo

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New 12x Ultra Accessories from Duclos Lenses


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Carrying on with their original line of motion picture lens accessories, Duclos Lenses is pleased to introduce the latest and quite possibly greatest Carry Handle and Motor Bracket for the Angenieux 12x Ultra. Inspired by the original Duclos 24-290mm Carry Handle design, the Duclos 12x Ultra Carry Handle features a flush fold grip that makes […]

A Look At The New Full-Frame Sony FX9: A Camera Review


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Ten days. I was loaned the Sony PXW-FX9 for about ten days. It only took me one day with the Sony FX9 to realize the camera is a fantastic step forward for Sony. What did I test, and what did I shoot in my ten days with the Sony FX9? I tried to test everything I could, autofocus, variable neutral density, low-light capabilities, and Cinetone. Did I get to everything, no, but I like to think I got to enough to help you make up your mind about the Sony FX9?

Let’s move forward to what I shot. Look, I

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Learning Curve: Getting Started Using a Light Meter


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A light meter is still a powerful tool for getting a correctly exposed image. Here’s what you need to know to get started using one.

Did Walt Disney Influence Stanley Kubrick’s 2001?


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  Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) offers some of the most realistic […]

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7 Filmmaking Insights from Modern Film and Television


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What better way to learn filmmaking than from the best. Let’s take a look at some of the principles we can gather from modern films and television.