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The Filmmaker Series: Cinematography

Rick Robinson , Nicole Post , Rick Robinson , Jack Messitt  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rick Robinson, Nicole Post, Aaron Cisneros, Jack Messitt, Mark Gary
  • Directors: Rick Robinson, Jack Messitt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Bigfoot Entertainment Inc., International Academy of Film and Television
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004NRMGGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The brilliance of making films lies in the ability of an artist to tell stories through a visual medium, Cinematography is the art or technique of movie photography, including both the shooting and development of the film. Narrated by Rick Robinson, The Filmmaker Series: First Steps to Cinematography explains the tools, forms and techniques that the director of photography need to know and how he interacts with the film s camera crew and director in order to create a dynamic moving image. Joined by director of photography Mark Gary and acclaimed film director/ director of photography Jack Messitt, Robinson discuses the art and science of cinematography.

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I teach cinematography and am always looking for DVDs and books to use in my program. I really can't use this DVD. This DVD wasn't at all about cinematography. It's oriented towards young wanna be directors to introduce them to the basics of filmmaking. It is filled with a lot slam edits and montages of crews which just takes up time, and is all rather poorly shot and poor quality video - which isn't a good thing for something about cinematography. I understand that its begin the scenes footage, but it should have been color corrected and contrast adjusted. A part of one interview is totally out of sync, which is just unbelievable. And while a lot of the footage from the actual shoots is good, the interviews are not lit very well.

The DVD starts out extremely basic, saying such things as you can do a static shot where no one moves and a shot where people move. Well, sorry, that's really not cinematography, just basic filmmaking and a choice of the director. Then it actually plagiarizes the book "The five Cs of cinematography" by Mascelli. I have always had a problem with this book since a lot of it has nothing to do with cinematography - continuity and cutting for example. It mentions the DP and the camera operator , but ignores the essential positions of the assistant camera and the Gaffer. It does do a good job of showing the 180 degree rule - which also isn't cinematography but is helpful for a DP to know, and the framing rule of thirds. Then it briefly skips over lighting, which is at least 75% of cinematography. The DPs interviewed mention color temperature without ever explaining it. If you have a dvd which is so basic for beginners, you can't just mention using a more advanced concept such as color temperature without any explanation.
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