A SHORT ONE BEFORE THE WEEKEND

            With the emphasis everyone puts on the technology side of what we do today, here are some refreshing words from Edward Weston (1886-1958).  He’s one of the giants of still photography and his work is always worth seeking out for inspiration.             “Who cares if you shoot your photos through the bottom of a … Continue reading “A SHORT ONE BEFORE THE WEEKEND”

7.8.2022

THE SECRET SAUCE

            While watching movies over the long weekend, something I hadn’t thought about in a long time came rushing back.  For all the emphasis I put on cinematography, directing, editing and so on, there’s one thing above all that determines whether or not a movie will succeed with an audience.             You can count on … Continue reading “THE SECRET SAUCE”

7.5.2022

SNOWFLAKES NEED NOT APPLY

            Director Fritz Lang is widely known for many enjoyable films of the studio era, among them Hangmen Also Die (1943), Ministry of Fear (1944) and The Big Heat (1953).  Most people are not aware that he was also recognized as one of the nastiest characters in Hollywood.             Feelings against him took hold from … Continue reading “SNOWFLAKES NEED NOT APPLY”

7.1.2022

STUDENT QUICK TIP #18

            I’m always amazed at how much geometry is involved in lighting a set.  Two simple rules will help clarify the way you think about what you’re doing.  Don’t be fooled by their simplicity…they’re based on the laws of physics.             The closer you get to a light source, the greater its intensity.             The … Continue reading “STUDENT QUICK TIP #18”

6.28.2022

NEVER MINCE WORDS

            I’ve referred to Haskell Wexler, ASC many times during the run of this blog, and with good reason.  Beside being a great artist, he was a most unusual man (in a good way) and I considered him a friend.  It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.  In a time during which our society … Continue reading “NEVER MINCE WORDS”

6.21.2022

POST #200…!

            In honor of my 200th post, I’m reintroducing an entry from December 8, 2020 (#38).  It’s quaint and amusing and should put a smile on everyone’s face!             One of the greatest producer\directors in history – indeed, a founder of the motion picture industry – Cecil B. DeMille had a soft spot in his … Continue reading “POST #200…!”

6.17.2022

TO THE POINT…KIND OF

            Shortly before Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away in 2015, I was present when he was asked about which current cinematographer had impressed him the most.  His response seems somewhat vague at first but if you look past that you’ll get his message.             “What cinematographer?  On the technical and creative level, there’re thousands of … Continue reading “TO THE POINT…KIND OF”

6.14.2022

MADE IN THE SHADE

            The “Fly Swatter” is one of the handiest devices available for use when shooting day\exteriors.  Attached to the bucket of an 80′ telescopic Condor crane, this 20’x20′ version will deliver full shade or any degree of diffusion where and when it’s needed – with a minimum of fuss.             The frames come in many … Continue reading “MADE IN THE SHADE”

6.10.2022

A REALLY COOL TOOL

            There’s probably a proper name for this configuration, but it’s popularly known as “The Blind Driver.”  Its purpose is clear.  It allows an actor to be filmed as if they’re careening wildly over the road – while a professional maintains safe control of the vehicle from the rooftop cockpit.             I’ve used it on … Continue reading “A REALLY COOL TOOL”

6.7.2022