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7 Filmmaking Insights from Modern Film and Television

Par Jourdan Aldredge

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.

Tips for Lighting Different Skin Tones in the Same Shot

Par Rubidium Wu

Lighting talent is hard enough, but when you have to take into account different skin tones, you need a thorough understanding of how to control light.

Lighting by Eye: How to Light a Scene Using Ratios

Par Rubidium Wu

Today, we'll talk about lighting in ratios, how it can change your cinematography, as well as the way you think about lighting a scene.

Finding the Focal Plane: Tips for Mastering Manual Focus

Par Chuck Crosswhite

Focus is a major cornerstone of successful cinematography. Learn how to find the focal plane manually in every situation that might arise on set.

American Society of Cinematographers Announces Feature Film Nominees

Par Ignite Strategic Communications

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the organization’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This year’s nominees are: Theatrical Release Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC ...

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Roundup: PremiumBeat’s Top 10 Video Tutorials of 2019

Par Robbie Janney

2020 is here, so it's time to reflect on what we've learned in the past year. We've rounded up our favorite tutorials of 2019 so you can ...

7 Top-Notch Tutorials for Learning the Basics of Filmmaking

Par Jourdan Aldredge

From building a crew to shooting and editing a video, here's everything you need to know to begin your filmmaking career.

The 2010s: The Biggest Filmmaking Moments of the Decade

Par Logan Baker

In ten years, a lot has happened to the world of filmmaking and cinematography. Let's take a look at some of the biggest moments.

The Importance of Capturing and Controlling Specularity

Par Rubidium Wu

Learn how to utilize specular reflections, why it is important you're getting that particular effect, and how to enhance or reduce it.

Learning Curve: Managing a Successful Gimbal Handoff

Par Rubidium Wu

The classic gimbal hand-off is a great technique that can add style and eloquence to an otherwise pedestrian tracking shot.

Cinematography Tips from Watchmen DP Gregory Middleton

Par Chuck Crosswhite

Gregory Middleton shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the cinematography behind Watchmen — as well as some insights for aspiring filmmakers.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k and the Sigma fp Compared

Par Rubidium Wu

The BMPCC 4k and the Sigma fp have different strengths and weaknesses, so which one do you need on hand for your next project?

Big New Panasonic Firmware Update for Mirrorless Cameras

Par Caleb Stephens

Let's take a look at what the firmware update provides for users of some of Panasonic's most popular, well-regarded cameras.

Learning Curve: The Simplicity of Using the Easyrig

Par Rubidium Wu

In this episode of our Learning Curve series, we'll explore the pros and cons of the Easyrig — its use, itscost, and how it can improve your ...

How Invisible Camera Movement Conveys Emotion

Par Rubidium Wu

Camera movement is an important variable in any scene. Today, we'll discuss how the subtleties in camera movement can evoke emotion.

How to Master Alfred Hitchcock’s MacGuffin Technique

Par Jourdan Aldredge

The mystery and thrill of Alfred Hitchcock's MacGuffin: What it is and how it can be utilized in your next film and video project?

Making Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mph

Par Rubidium Wu

See how director James Mangold relied on tried-and-true methods for shooting scenes at high speed—and invented a few techniques of his own.

3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert Richardson

Par Rubidium Wu

Robert Richardson's eye for the unusual showcases extreme framings and non-realistic lighting. Let's take a look at his signature style.

The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary Filmmaking

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Learn the origin of the term cinéma vérité, the vérité tradition, and tips for creating your own cinéma vérité documentary projects.

The Importance of Camera Movement in “The Irishman”

Par Rubidium Wu

"The Irishman" follows the "heighten naturalism" aesthetic from "The Wolf of Wall Street," injecting a darker, more conspiratorial tone.

Why Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving

Par Rubidium Wu

Some of the most successful DPs are using tungsten on some of the biggest productions, and for reasons that might surprise you.

How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book Light

Par Rubidium Wu

The Swiss Frame Book Light is a valuable tool for any DP or gaffer because it is a versatile diffusion setup that will make the talent look ...

A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted Framing

Par Rubidium Wu

Dutch angles, if used discreetly, add an aura of dread, as well as a sense that the world has gone askew. Let's take a look at how ...

Building Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider Edition

Par Rob Wayne

In this next video for fiscally clever car rigging, we'll break down the mission control setup inside the car. Plus, my experience with these techniques.

The Prototype Rigging of Vintage Lenses in “Ford v Ferrari”

Par Paula Goldberg

How the filmmakers involved with Ford v Ferrari rigged custom vintage lenses to achieve the gritty look and feel of the 1966 Le Mans car race.

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to a Full-Frame Sensor

Par Rubidium Wu

Is it time to consider upgrading to a full-frame cinema workflow? In this article, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading sensor size.

The Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An Introduction

Par Rubidium Wu

Shooting in natural light, outdoors, can often be a limiting experience. Introducing the space light — a great alternative to outdoor lighting.

Will an Electronic Viewfinder Help You Get Better Shots?

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we'll examine the EVF, its usability pros and cons, and the best options for an indie filmmaking budget.

Getting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Places

Par Rubidium Wu

The Mini MAX is a great option to lighting a scene, giving the actors and camera the freedom to move and shoot at almost 360 degrees.

How Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital Cameras

Par Rubidium Wu

This article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that "cinematic" look.

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