Monday, 13 April 2015
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Many of the positions in film production are rather straightforward, but directing isn't one of them.http://nofilmschool.com/2015/04/15-tips-becoming-better-director
Friday, 6 March 2015
Documentary Legend Albert Maysles Passes Away at 88 | Indiewire
Veteran documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, the cinema verite pioneer who co-directed seminal non-fiction titles such as "Gimme Shelter" and "Salesman" with his brother David, passed away last night at the age of 88. The news was first reported by The Criterion Collection this morning on the company's Facebook page.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Acting is easy to appreciate in movies because the performers are right there in front of you. The same goes for special effects, sound, set design: all the stuff that's easy to see and hear and instantly understand. But cinematography is trickier. The way a movie is filmed has everything to do with its tone and purpose, but that tone is communicated subconsciously to the viewer through clever uses of lighting, focus, framing, and a dozen other things that go into making up just one frame of thouands. Cinematography is vital to how a film will feel, but it's also practically invisible. The best cinematographers have been able to compose images that work on viewers emotionally without calling overt attention to themselves, which makes their films feel like real experiences and not dry technical experiments. These cinematographers have earned their influential reputation not for the number of movies they've made but for the way they've made them, impacting everything from how we make genre films (sci-fi, gangster stories, whatever) to what we think movies should look like.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
DOC NYC's Visionaries Tribute, held on Friday, was one of the most significant gatherings of documentary filmmakers in history. The event was host to the likes of Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Barbara Kopple, Dan Cogan, Rory Kennedy and Michael Moore, who all took part in this year's tribute to documentary film and the extremely talented filmmakers who have made doc history.
Thursday, 6 November 2014
The statistics are disheartening. In the last five years, women accounted for just 3% of the cinematographers among the 250 top-grossing films. No female DP has ever been nominated for an Academy Award. We recently published a first-person story from Elle Schneider, director, cinematographer and co-founder of the Digital Bolex cinema camera, in which she talked about why there aren't more female cinematographers and why we need to change that.