You don’t have to be JJ Abrams to appreciate a well placed lens flare – here are 5 tips for shooting that lens artifact – the Flare. 1. Check focus and depth of field without extraneous flare-causing light entering the lens. The washed out effect of lens flares can make it difficult to focus and judge Read MoreRead More
Here’s an Introduction to the Dolly Zoom, including some of the concepts and principles that govern the visual effect as well as some practical tips on how to achieve the effect yourself. Film examples used in this course are “Vertigo”, “Jaws” and “Goodfellas” This video is part of the FIlmmakerIQ course: Mastering the Art of Read MoreRead More
DSLR filmmakers love the freedom of shooting all the way wide open. But the results of shooting with a wide aperture and shallow depth of field is dull and soft images, especially if you’re not shooting on the top-of-the-line pro lenses. Fortunately, there are several techniques to that may help get more sharpness out of Read MoreRead More
Whether you’re out for a quick shoot, or are lugging your gear a long distance, you can’t always take a tripod along. Here are some tips for hand-held shooting when you don’t have your trusty stable ‘pod around.Read More
In 1987, as part of a British series on acting, Michael Caine conducted a Workshop where he teaches the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from Alfie, Deathtrap and Educating Rita.
Although not the inventor of the expressive close-up, no filmmaker has employed it so prolifically or so effectively as Steven Spielberg. This video essay by Kevin B Lee, focuses on the iconic look of wonder and how Spielberg uses it in his films:
There’s a lot of DIY camera motion systems out there involving either roller skates wheels or elaborate balancing rigs, but this easy technique (although it is limited to certain uses) beats them all in terms of it’s sheer simplicity.Read More
German cinematographer Dedo Weigert, inventor of Dedolights, presented a series of lighting workshops at Abel Cine Tech. In this 10-minute excerpt from his master class in lighting technique, he demonstrates how to uses a five-piece lighting kit for an interview set-up. He shows how to use key light, kicker, back light, background and fill lights Read MoreRead More