Cinematography

Filmmaking element.

Shanghai Express Deitrich Lighting

Glamor From Above: The Simple Majesty of Dietrich Lighting

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Lights, camera, Marlene Dietrich.

Anamorphic Vs Spherical Lenses

Anamorphic vs. Spherical Camera Lenses: What’s the Difference?

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If you’ve ever wanted to know what people mean when fancy film people say “anamorphic” this one’s for you.

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The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of The Star Wars Franchise

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From A New Hope to The Mandalorian, these are the live-action Star Wars cinematic universe’s most perfect frames.

Death Becomes Her Moving Master Shot

What Robert Zemeckis Can Teach Us About the Moving Master Shot

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Want to get a lot of coverage with fewer set-ups? Consider opting for a moving master.

Cinematographer PJ Dillon The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

Cinematography and Iconography in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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We chat with the show’s director of photography, P.J. Dillon, about how he shot the shield and looking forward to another season.

The Shining Pov Shot

Watching and Being Watched: The Narrative Power of the POV Shot

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A little perspective never hurt anybody.

The Matrix Cinematography And Film Colorist

How Do Cinematographers Work With Colorists? (And Other Questions)

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Check out a rapid-fire video essay that unpacks a handful of information, including how to control a shot list and how to shoot without a location visit.

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The 75 Best Final Shots in Movie History

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Here’s lookin’ at you, beautiful final shots.

True Grit Chiaroscuro film lighting

Shadow Play: The Art and History of Cinematic Chiaroscuro

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There’s a reason chiaroscuro lighting has been around for hundreds of years. It’s effective and dynamic, and it tells a story.