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How to Shoot a Sex Scene (And Not Be a Creeper)

Keep it Sexy, But Don’t Try to Sex Them. Sex scenes can be very important in cinema.   I’m not talking about porn, (no real sex here) I’m talking about regular movies,  TV, commercials,  music videos. .. really any visual medium that broaches the subject of sex/romance/intimacy between its subjects.  The language of Sexy Cinema…
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3 Things I learned Shooting the Red Dragon

Always Red. While I still insist that Arri Alexa is my favorite, the camera I most often wield in the field is a Red Epic or Scarlet.  I am very grateful to this company for making such a great-bang-for-your-buck camera available to low and mid-budget productions.  Therein lies the number one (and honest) answer to
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Female Cinematographers Make It Look Good.

With the recent rash of “Movie Set Memes” flooding my facebook page, I suddenly felt inspired to make a cinematography meme.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Official Nu Boyana BTS Video!

5 Tips for Lighting Faces

Let’s Face It When we think of iconic cinematography, we most likely think of textured, “graphic” imagery…  shapes, quality of light, a striking composition… actual people may or may not even be present in the shots! Thus, it’s sometimes easy to focus on the “big picture” lighting and overlook the importance of the tiny details.
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What is My Camera’s ISO?

Using a Handheld (spot or incident) Meter? You Need to Know Your ISO! If you are shooting film, the ISO is printed on the label on the can. Most professional digital cameras now have an ISO setting in the menu or sometimes directly on the body. If your digital camera doesn’t have ISO settings, you
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3 Steps to Actually Using Your Light Meter

Why are Handheld Meters Still Important? Sure, the dirty secret is that a lot of us go days, or even entire shows without consulting our handheld meter.  Most work is now digital, and most professional cameras have fantastic internal meters, so it is possible to skate by without a handheld meter. BUT, the one place
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7 Tips for Tackling Action Scenes

Action and Stunts Action and stunt scenes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s just one guy pretending to faint, or one guy “hitting” another guy on the jaw…  and sometimes it’s a huge scene with 10+ guys, cars flipping over, and stuff catching on fire!   Complicated action scenes can be intimidating, but
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6 Tips to Make You a Better Focus Puller!

1st Assistant Camera   I love my camera assistants!  I am very grateful to David Elkins for the training I received as a camera assistant while I was in film school, and, over the years, I’ve also had the opportunity to train many of my ACs.   The 1st AC is responsible for focus, in
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2 Steps to Easy Lighting! The Back Cross Key

Start Simple Lighting schemes can become extremely complicated, but they can also be very simple.  When you are first starting out, start simple.  (Watch my Two-Minute Lighting Tutorial) Whether I have two lights in the trunk of a sedan or 20 lights on a truck, the back cross key is one of my favorite tools
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