Outside The Box Tools

Cinematographers discuss the sometimes unorthodox tools that help them on set
By Ian Blair
Cinematographers have access to more sophisticated equipment—everything from the latest digital cameras to a wide variety of lenses and lighting—than ever before. And, yet, many still will use an outside-the-box tool to solve a particular filmmaking problem, and that solution can range from the very latest iPhone app to a…

The CRI Issue

Will LEDs ever dominate the feature film and television lighting landscape?
By Dan Brockett
Just a few short years ago, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting technology seemed poised to take over lighting for film and television. The technology promised significantly greater energy and heat efficiency than existing technologies. LEDs required much less power, were cool to the touch, didn't heat up sets and, in general,…

Depth Perception

Walt Disney Animation Studios creates a virtual space in the 2D-to-3D conversion process
By Mel Lamberts
With George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace 3D currently playing at a number of AMC multiplexes and Titanic 3D poised to repeat the success enjoyed by its director James Cameron with Avatar 3D, the audience for stereoscopic productions is expanding dramatically. With an eye on consumer dollars, a…

Master Tools

DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC’s new rental company provides DSLR gear to the professional filmmaking community
By Clint Milby
Two years ago, if you were to have asked cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, if he planned to open a camera rental house in Los Angeles, he probably would have laughed out loud. Nonetheless, it's exactly what he has done. So why would a celebrated cinematographer with more than 20 films…

The Laws Of Motion

For indie filmmakers, camera movement is now a viable option
By Clint Milby
A still image is the capture of a single moment in time, frozen and devoid of any movement except for what may be implied by its content. When the subject is compelling and when the photographer executes the capture just right, what's rendered can be just as powerful as any…

The Soft Touch

Cinematographers and gaffers discuss the gear and technique in creating soft light
By Ian blair
For cinematographers, the choice between soft lighting and hard lighting is almost akin to Hamlet's famous line, "To be, or not to be," in terms of its philosophical and aesthetic ramifications. "It's a crucial choice, as the way you light a scene or an actor can totally change everything about…
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