This weekend, I participated in my school’s musical Fiddler on the Roof as part of the special effects crew. It was a unique experience from working on the crew for a film. The two platforms, plays and forms, are both very similar and … Continue reading Stage or Camera: Choose Your Platform
Depth of field. We’ve all heard of it, but only a select few know what it means. And an even smaller group knows how to control it. Sit down, folks, because today, you become a part of that group. A … Continue reading The Depth of a Field
My camera was sporting a new lens today. During the filming of Seven Taps, being the camera assistant, I was responsible for providing the correct lens for each shot. There was a whole array of various lenses, but one sticks … Continue reading Lens Maybe? LensBaby.
Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Brave, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and many more to come. Pixar is by far my favorite animation studio for its story lines and CGI (computer-generated … Continue reading Focusing on Pixar
You are filming a close-up. You center the camera on the subject. You are about to film this magnificent shot when Stop. If you ever find yourself in this situation, take a moment to reconsider your options. It is natural … Continue reading Rule of Thirds
Today I am going to be talking about indecisiveness and how it connects to film. Many filmmakers are under the impression that, if they go a little too far or not far enough on a pan or rack focus, they … Continue reading There’s No Going Back
As a filmmaker, I’m gonna be honest: I like shooting cool shots. It is quite satisfying to film an orbit dolly or rack focus, but only if it fits the scene. Every shot needs a purpose. Before adding a shot to your … Continue reading The Y
Lenses. What would we do without them? They help up put things in focus, so we can see them more clearly. However, if used incorrectly, lenses can lead to some fairly ugly shots. Choosing the correct lenses is crucial, so how do … Continue reading Through the Looking-Glass