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


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


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

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Shadow Play: The Art and History of Cinematic Chiaroscuro


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

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How They Shot ‘WandaVision’ with One Camera and 47 Lenses


We chat with cinematographer Jess Hall about the process of duplicating seven television eras for the Marvel series.

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How the Special Effect of Slow Motion Works


Here’s a breakdown of how slow motion went from a technological hurdle to an aesthetic choice.

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How Camera Lenses Affect How We Identify with Characters


Here’s a video essay that looks at the suggestive, subtle psychological qualities of camera lenses.

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From ‘Fight Club’ to ‘Gone Girl’: Jeff Cronenweth’s Five Perfect Shots


We select the five perfect shots that best represent this cinematographer’s eclectic career.

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What is the 180° Rule, Anyway?


It’s the golden rule of film school and one of the most reliable tools in a cinematographer’s toolkit. So, how does the 180° rule work?

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How Video Game Cameras are Changing Cinematography


Movies have had an immense effect on how video games look, but that balance is beginning to shift.