Cinematography

Vintage Lens Review: Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8 (The Kubrick)

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Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8 I always marveled at how Stanley Kubrick chose his lenses considering he created some of the most visually stunning images ever exposed to film. After visiting his exhibit at the LACMA, multiple times, I saw this very odd looking lens in the display case. The lens in question was the Kinoptik 9.8…

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What is Color Science – Let Pixar Teach You!

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What is Color Science & Psychology – Let Pixar Teach You! So not only did Pixar Animation Studios create a FREE only course teaching their storytelling secrets (click here for that gem), they also decide to teach us a bit about Color Science and it’s importance in filmmaking. They teamed up with Khan Acadamy to…

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IFH 233: Real Filmmakers Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins

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Real Filmmakers Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins Today’s guest is bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins. In this episode, he dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is, in fact, a competitive advantage in the marketplace. For centuries, the myth of the starving artist has…

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Filmmaking Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

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Filmmaking Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List   1) Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez This is one of the first filmmaking books I read at film school and is still one of the best ever written. In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2,…

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The Original Dirk Diggler & The Early Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

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The Original Dirk Diggler & The Early Films of Paul Thomas Anderson I can remember when a young director by the name Paul Thomas Anderson released a remarkably good film called Boogie Nights back in 1997. The film was kind of a small bomb going off in the film industry. Anderson made by far the best feature film about the groove porn…

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Akira Kurosawa: Breaking Down the Master’s Directing Techniques

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Akira Kurosawa – The Master of Masters Some of my favorite directors of all time are Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and of course Akira Kurosawa. Ever since I watched the Criterion Collection Laserdisc (yes I’m old) of Seven Samurai and Rashomon I was hooked. Even in high school I knew that no one else in the world…

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Watch: Stanley Kubrick’s Favorite Cameras & Lenses

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Stanley Kubrick’s Favorite Cameras & Lenses I’ve always been fascinated with how some of the filmmaking masters got their start. How did they break into the business? What gear did they use on their first films? What events shaped them in the early days? As many of you know I have a love for Stanley…

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The Coen Brothers: How to Start Your First Indie Film?

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The Coen Brothers: How to Start Your First Indie Film? Many film lovers believe that the legendary directors stick to a “signature style, look or genre.” When looking a true auteur’s film, we must immediately be able to recognize it as being Scorsesian, Tarantinoian, or Godardian. We must feel the director’s unmistakable touch in the…

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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers

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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers We all know that many filmmakers have been inspired by famous paintings. Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam have pulled directly from the art world to create some of their masterpieces. A remarkable video essayist Vugar Efendi, has…

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