IFH 502: Lighting the Biggest Films of All-Time with Dean Cundey

Lighting the Biggest Films of All-Time with Dean Cundey A.S.C Today, my guest is a prolific cinematographer, accomplished photographer, and member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Dean Cundey A.S.C. Dean rose to fame for extraordinary cinematography in the 1980s and 1990s. His early start was working on the set of Halloween.  Dean is credited…

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Stanley Kubrick: The Ultimate Guide to the Master Filmmaker

STANLEY KUBRICK, indie film, filmmaking, indie film hustle, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, The Killing, The Shinning, Stanley Kubrick Interview

Stanley Kubrick – Breaking Down the Master’s Directing Style What is that elevates a filmmaker to a film master like Stanley Kubrick, or that elegant French word, auteur? In the vast majority of films that make it onto the big screen these days, it is the actors’ names which draw curious audiences above the director’s.…

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IFH 490: Cinematography for Directors with Jacqueline B. Frost

Cinematography for Directors with Jacqueline B. Frost Cinematographers are really the directors of images while directors are the authors of the performances. Evidently, the collaboration between these two important persons on set with a shared vision and respect influences the work environment and (the ultimate result) the film, a great deal.  We’re inspired this week…

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What the Heck is the 180 Degree Rule?

180 Degree Rule – Understand it or DIE! You might hear on set a DP or camera guy to discuss the 180 Degree Rule and say: “You can’t put the camera there, you’ll cross the line” There’s a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all…

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WATCH: Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair (Film School)

WATCH: Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair (Film School) Robert Rodriguez is an indie filmmaking legend. His book Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player is required reading for any filmmaker. From the mythical El Marachi to Sin City to Alita: Battle Angel Robert has done it all. He…

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25 Grip and Electric Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

Film School Essentials: 25 Grip and Electric Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know You will inevitably need something from the grips or electric department if you spend enough time on set. They will often be willing to help (if you ask politely and at a good time), but it always helps if you…

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WATCH: What Is Aspect Ratio?

What Is Aspect Ratio? An aspect ratio is simply an image’s width and height. As technology in camera advances, some standard ratios have fallen behind, giving way to exciting and new movie ratios. Good movie makers know how to make great choices in picking the aspect ratio to use to give viewers a wonderful viewing…

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What the Heck is a Key Grip & What Do They Do on Set?

What the Heck is a Key Grip? As a famous actor once said, “The film industry brings people together and so does technology – and I see them as similar platforms.” The production rate of films all around the globe is sky-high, and new ideas are being implemented to old storylines, in order to provide…

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What is a Dutch Angle? – Definition and Examples

What is a Dutch Angle and its Impact on Emotion The Dutch Angle or Dutch tilt is a cinematographic technique that has been used for decades to convey a sense of tension or psychological trauma in the person being filmed. It produces the same impact on the viewer. The camera is tilted at an angle…

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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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