For sure, thats the way I work aswell. Don't get me wrong, I was referring to the Question of the original Post.
But recently I saw a movie called JULIAS EYES directed by Guillem Morales and shot by Óscar Faura and it was impressive to see how often he accomplished to light the face of Belén Rueda the same way, in very different scenes. I had the feeling that more than 50% of her shots were lit this way. I think this must be very hard to accomplish. I post some pictures I found in the WEB and hope this is okay. If not feel free to delete them.
I'm sure you're doing tests with your actors aswell to see how different styles work with there faces. But to realise the favorite style in so many shots must be a hard thing to do. And if you want the sources to be motivated, the staging or do you call it blocking, must work with this in mind. Could you share yor experiences on this?
Hey David, I was wondering if I could ask you about your experience at CalArts. I'm 24 years old, graduated from UCI with a BFA in film in 2009 and have been working as a cinematographer for a production company that produces web content for the most widely viewed YouTubers and their channels for the past year and a half. While it's great to be able to explore my creativity by shooting a new project every day and to work with my friends, I fear two things: not meeting people who have the same aspirations I do (working on feature films) and not being able to learn to light for motion pictures. I feel as if my lighting technique and creative choices are good for web projects, but are only mediocre for feature films or television. Unfortunately I am by a long shot the most experienced DP at my company, so there's not really anyone around me who can help me hone my craft except myself. And while I've done a good job doing that on my own so far, I worry that I'm not good enough for the big screen.
So, I am considering going back to school to pursue my MFA. I notice that CalArts doesn't specifically offer an MFA in cinematography - was it difficult to pursue cinematography while at that institution? Did you find yourself burdened with work for other specializations like production design or screenwriting while you were there? Would you recommend that institution to a young cinematographer? Is it a step backwards to go back to school when I've already held a DP job at a production company for a while, or is that a misconception?
I'm only up to page 47 (Nov 2007) so far, and taking great notes of your advice. I'm very interested in getting into Anamorphic. Panavision or Hawke are not in my budget. I'll probably seek out some Lomos. Are there any tips or special tweaks you'd do when lighting for Anamorphic over non-anamorphic?
I went to CalArts when I was 26 mainly because I didn't know where to go next -- I already knew how to shoot, how to light, but I didn't know how to break into the industry. At least at CalArts I expanded my range of contacts enough to lead to work after graduation. But today I'm not so sure that the high tuition costs of a private university make sense in terms of getting an art degree; if you are burdened by debt, then you don't have the freedom to work for free for various filmmakers while building a career (on the other hand, I guess it is a bit of a gun to the head in terms of spurring you to find work.) Today I'd probably try to find an affordable school in a major production city in order to make contacts with fellow strugglers and emerging artists, then get out as fast as I could out into the market.
Once you have an elementary education in the technical basics of cinematography, a lot of advancement comes from actual shooting -- practice, practice, practice. Meanwhile you can also research your artform and its history on your own to advance yourself aesthetically.
Sharpness can be a problem on the edges of frame; stopping down helps.
I'm shooting a music video in the next month or so and am going for a glamour look. The video is going to be shot entirely on green screen and the artist himself is the only talent I'll be shooting. Recently I've heard a lot about Breise lights and the super soft and unique quality that they have. Have you ever used them before? If so what makes them so great? Are there any other alternatives that you might recommend or any other approaches one could take to light the video in a very flattering way. Such as shooting a few Maxi 9lights through an 8x8 of 1/4 grid. I do want to have SOME bit of contrast on the talent.
Thanks in advance for your help!
I thought I'd sit for a while and read all your advice posts to everyone, been reading for hours now...
Mate... Wonderful. Your a very very giving man. My hat off to you.
Your an amazing asset to any young (and older) person looking for free and best of all, correct cinematography advice.
Thank you David, your an amazing man.
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