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The Dolly Shot: How It Works and Why It’s Powerful

Par Charles Yeager

There's nothing more cinematic than a great dolly shot, but they're not always easy to pull off. Learn how dolly shots work technically and for storytelling, and ...

5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Different Budgets

Par Tanner Shinnick

To find the perfect documentary-style lenses for your next project, we’re going to look at five of the top lenses across multiple budget ranges.

Ridley Scott’s Secret Weapon: The Graduated Neutral-Density Filter

Par Rubidium Wu

Capture powerful images with a signature look. In this write-up, we'll look at how a graduated ND filter can make your shots look amazing.

Practical Tips for Avoiding Stress and Saving Time as a Solo Filmmaker

Par Lewis McGregor

Here are some common sense tips and methods to help you relieve stress and save time on your next adventure as a solo filmmaker.

5 Essentials Tools for Your Documentary Camera Package

Par Tanner Shinnick

In this write-up, we’ll take a look at five of the best, highest-quality tools and accessories to make your documentary camera package top notch. 

From Jason Bourne to Indiana Jones, This Is the Secret to Better Action Scenes

Par John Francis McCullagh

Learn how to create a more cohesive action sequence when dealing with hand-to-hand combat, as well as long-range action scenes.

The Right In-Air Diffusion for Your Project: Haze vs. Fog vs. Smoke

Par Rubidium Wu

Today, we'll take a look at which in-air diffusion best emphasizes dramatic light in your scene — as well as adding production value to your set.

4 Ways Still Photography Can Make You a Better Cinematographer

Par Tanner Shinnick

In this article, we examine visualizing light through photography — and how it can make you a better cinematographer and filmmaker.

Drawing the Audience’s Eye by Shaping and Cutting Light

Par Rubidium Wu

In this write-up, we'll take a look at cutting and shaping light, why you would want to do it, and the best methods for each budget level.

29 Free LUTs for Video

Par Logan Baker

These FREE LUTs are perfect for professional video editors. Make your footage more cinematic with these free color grading tools.

7 Options to Consider When Choosing Kodak Motion Picture Film Stocks

Par Tanner Shinnick

Kodak offers a wide range of options for film stocks. Here, we take a look at what’s available for your next project — and what you should ...

Mastering the Subtle Techniques of the Zoom and the Punch In

Par John Francis McCullagh

There are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.

Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on Set

Par Rubidium Wu

Today, we’ll look at the three main reasons filmmakers use high-output lights on their set, how to harness this light, and what it’s good for. When people ...

Follow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene

Par Rubidium Wu

Lighting a moving subject and staying out of frame is always difficult. The solution to this problem is easy: follow fill.

Viltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Par Lewis McGregor

Next in our ongoing series of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K guides, we're taking a look at the world of speed boosters.

The Creative Motivation Behind Deep vs. Shallow Depth of Field

Par Zach Ramelan

This breakdown covers a range of creative motivations behind these two aperture settings, as well as the pros and cons of using each category.

The Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on Set

Par Rubidium Wu

You can create dramatic compositions by bouncing hard light off something to make it soft, and create sharp edges and punchy, bold images.

Three Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Consider

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Research demonstrates, in a crowded marketplace, sometimes your best options aren’t always the biggest, most expensive name brands.

Why Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft Light

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we take a look at why most filmmakers and photographers prefer to light their subjects with large, soft light sources.

Capturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color Meter

Par Rubidium Wu

Color has long been one of the primary tools filmmakers use to communicate aspects of their characters and the worlds they live in.

What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?

Par Caleb Stephens

Panavision recently announced its brand new LCND filter. We took a look at what it is, how it works, and what to expect from ND filters in ...

What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of Film

Par Jourdan Aldredge

What do all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters mean for filmmakers and the future development of the industry?

NEW DSMC2 GEMINI Kit Released by RED

Par Ignite Strategic Communications

RED DIGITAL CINEMA® today introduced a new DSMC2® GEMINI® Kit offering a comprehensive solution for cinematographers who shoot in a variety of environments. At the heart of the new system is the DSMC2 camera BRAIN with the GEMINI 5K S35 sensor, which leverages dual sensitivity modes to provide greater flexibility in a variety of lighting ...

Efficiently Lighting and Shooting Product Shots for YouTube

Par Rubidium Wu

Lighting and shooting products is a common challenge videographers face. Here are some tips to make your life a little easier.

7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your Videos

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Here's a bit of advice on breaking down how to create that “cinematic” look — including some helpful and creative resources.

Camera-to-Finish Imaging Ecosystem by Panavision Featured at Cine Gear 2019

Par Ignite Strategic Communications

Panavision, the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions, will return to Cine Gear Expo (May 31-June 1) at The Studios at Paramount to showcase the latest innovations in the company’s ever-expanding production and post production ecosystem. Panavision, Light Iron and LEE Filters will display an array of integrated technologies and systems at booth S408 on Stage ...

4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s Standards

Par Tanner Shinnick

With the announcements of so many new cinema cameras, we often forget about the cameras that paved the way for digital cinematography.

Quick and Easy Tips on Shooting and Processing Day for Night

Par Caleb Stephens

In this article, we'll take a look at the basics of shooting day for night footage — as well as post-production processing in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Set Tone and Atmosphere by Mastering the Establishing Shot

Par Rubidium Wu

Establishing shots should be subtle, not only communicating location in time and space but also setting the tone for the story about to take place.