No Title Productions Feb 18, 2021 0

Short History on Cinematography

Cinematography is the art of capturing still pictures and moving images with the use of sound, lights, and a film projector. Cinematographers work with directors and producers to determine the key action and scenes of a movie. In short, cinematography includes all the elements of the movie from scenes of interest to the story itself.

cinematography may include the use of special effects or traditional movie props, but it is the director’s vision that determines the overall tone of the film. To create this vision, a cinematographer must have a clear vision of his or her desired mood through the use of lighting and angles. There are two schools of thought in regards to the cinematography technique; a digital approach versus an analog approach. Digital technology allows the director to create shots with the lighting and cameras of their choice, whereas analog lighting creates a film quality look through the use of film stock or a monitor. The use of digital equipment also permits the director to create a mood and atmosphere through the use of lighting effects and visual clues.

Many modern cinematographers have been trained on both the classical and the digital approaches to the cinematography style. A classical cinematographer would usually begin with a script and decide which scenes would be important to include and use to form the main plot of the film. He or she would then plan the lighting scheme of the film and select the different camera angles to be used. The cinematographer often has a strict routine in place for the creation of each scene and the way it will be shot. It is important to follow these guidelines or risk destroying the effect of the film.

Digital technology changes the process of filmmaking significantly. Cameras and lighting can now be manipulated on a much larger scale than was possible with traditional film. By using computers to capture images, the director can now choose the best possible lighting and angle options for each scene, depending on the importance of that scene and its importance to the overall story. This makes for a seamless editing process, where each scene is equally developed visually.

Another short history lesson on the history of cinematography is to understand that many of the films of today were originally shot on location. Shooting on location can take many forms and is not limited to only one medium. Some directors will use their personal film to document their journey around the world, while others will use a camcorder to film their travels as well as their home life. Others still will use a combination of both methods, documenting their adventures in films that have yet to be completed. Other directors will use their personal camcorder to capture live action footage that they will then edit into the films leading up to their big screen debut.

Cinematography is a difficult and rewarding career for the right person. The technical aspects are not always easy to master, but with the help of today’s computer equipment, a cinematographer can create a beautiful film through their camera lens. To become a cinematographer, one must first be able to understand and apply all of the concepts that are associated with cinematography. A strong foundation is necessary before one can begin to learn about lighting, lenses, and angles, but if an aspiring director is willing to invest the time needed to learn all of these elements, they can be well on their way to creating a beautiful film directed by a talented cinematographer.


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