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Make - PRODUCTION - Advice for Intermediate Cinematographers

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Someone who's seeking advice and who has done some stuff, shot some things, but there's still something bothering them. I would probably ask if they had made a conscious choice to choose the right aperture, the right F-stop of a movie, which affects focus, which affects depth-of-field which affects many things. You'll meet a lot of camera guys who've shot quite a bit of stuff and their films when they cut together, they're just there's something that's not working. And at first you might not understand why. You know, it might be something as simple as in a scene this shot is at 5.6 and the next shot is at 2.8 as F-stops are measured; 2.8, 5.6 this one's at F 8, this one's wide open. All of which have an effect, especially not maybe while you're shooting them. They might all look good unto their own, but when you take those series of images and you put them together and it's the same time and it's the same space, something's wrong. And you might not really understand why. And, so, to make a conscious decision and you have all these tools to help you achieve this. To choose a-- an F-stop, at least for the scene, if not for the movie, or all exteriors will be shot at 5.6 and a half, all interiors will be shot wide open. Well then that means all your interior shots, maybe you wanna really think about this, should all be at 2.8, not, "well, I've got a 1.4 lens which is super fast", so yeah they can help you in a pinch or in a special moment that isn't necessarily tied to this, but when you begin to--and I've even worked with gaffers that have made this mistake, where I'm like, "man you should be on your meter you should be--this can't-- you know, A and B camera are shooting-- yeah, he's on a 135 mm and she's on a 35 mm focal length, which are two-- are obviously--are gonna offer you two different depths of field anyway. But this guys at, you know, 5.6 and a half and this guy's at 4. You've gotta watch that stuff 'cause you're cutting those images together. So I think that--that's really gotta be something that you're very conscious of and like I said there's all kinds of tools to help you achieve and maintain an F-stop. But I would say choose and maintain your F-stop is very, very important for a movie that cuts together.

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Make - PRODUCTION - Advice for Intermediate Cinematographers

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