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Cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography.

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Discrete “Zoom” Used in 2001: A Space Odyssey

There is a "zoom" where a series of short clips, each one getting closer to the subject, are shown in quick succession. I've seen it in a number of movies and in possibly more than one Kubrick film. ...
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Meaning of a movie shot type with too little of a leadroom

Sometimes in movies a character is shown in an interesting way. It's usually shot from a side and he or she is facing the frame with little to none of a space between their nose and the edge of the ...
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When recording on film, how does the crew see the footage?

When recording on film, the crew cannot review the footage straight away, as film needs developing. In addition, the director cannot actually see what the camera is recording, as it is recording onto ...
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How did they shoot the bowling ball scene in The Big Lebowski?

The Big Lebowski (1998) features a number of surreal dream sequences in it. In one of them, the Dude is plastered by a bowling ball and obtains the viewpoint of a bowling ball as it rolls down the ...
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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?

I'm really surprised by the quality of the visuals in some new movies this year (2018). I'm curious to know in what resolution these cameras typically record to experience this quality on a cinema ...
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Is there a quantitative reason why X looks different? [closed]

I’ve always assumed films by Terrence Malick or Kubrick (for example) look different because of “art”. The shots appear cleaner. The subjects are better framed. The lighting is more natural. ...
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Animals died during the film shooting?

Is it true, that a lot of animals died during the shooting of Gilliam's "Adventures of Baron Munchausen"? Quote from IMDB's trivia: A lot of the animals for the film died and had to be replaced. ...
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How did Game Night make shots that made the scene look like a model set?

In the movie Game Night they had several transitionary shots of the town the movie was set in that seemed to be an explicit made to make the town look like a detailed model toy set. This goes with the ...
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Type of Direction

What do you call a type of direction(?) where the perspective changes from one character to another? I couldn't make the story shorter. Please, bare with it. Ex: Characters: - Deliveryman - ...
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How to they film walk on glass scenes in movie?

Like below image, walk on glass intro scene of mass hero is very common in Indian film. Like this kind of scenes, how to they use cameras?
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Has there been a breakthrough in film technology for television?

I've been binge watching Season 2 of The Crown and Godless, both on Netflix, via an fourth gen Apple TV and a very average Vizio 50" 1080p LCD television. I'm a visual artist by trade, and I can't ...
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Why are paused frames of DVDs blurry?

Sometimes when I pause DVDs the image is sharp, but in most cases, it is blurry. Obviously the film itself isn't blurry. Is the blurriness actually in the film strip or is it an artifact of the DVD ...
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Why was tilt shift used for the Henley sequence in The Social Network?

David fincher is known to be a perfectionist and each and every frame of his movie is consciously put there to further the main plot of the movie while making the audience relate to the characters ...
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Why are both Blade Runner films largely shot in darkness?

I watched both the Blade Runner movies today. A few significant things I come across were that 90% of both of the movies' scenes are night scenes. Why did both the directors choose to direct so many ...
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Time freezes and actors and things can be viewed from different angles. What is this special effect called and how is it made? [duplicate]

The music video for Avicii’s “Lonely Together” shows an effect previously seen in movies like “The Matrix”. What is it is called and how is it made?
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Why does Elementary often use shots which suggest that the protagonists are surveilled?

Observation Elementary seems to be overly fond of using shots that would normally suggest that the protagonists are surveilled, i.e., they have all or most of the following properties: They are ...
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What is the difference between a focus mark and an actor's mark?

As I understand it, camera men generally discriminate between a "focus mark" and an actor's mark or "land". Is the idea that a land is just where the talent goes when they are not the subject, but a ...
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What was the name of the main camera used to shoot Prometheus?

In the movie production of Promtheus, different techniques were used to make the film. The question is: What was the name of the main camera used to film Prometheus?
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What is “distorting wide angle for a medium shot”?

In this review of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, it says: And once again he uses camera tricks—like distorting wide angles for medium shots—to create a weird, slightly off-kilter world. What does ...
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How does the first assistant camera focus if the director is pointing the camera?

On a film crew there is often a "first assistant camera" whose job it is to focus the camera, which is complex because the subject could be moving or changing, so the focus must be adjusted constantly....
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First in-helmet shots (like Iron Man)

(I am aware of this question, but the question didn't word its request properly and as a result didn't get the desired answer) In Iron Man (2008), a common shot is used to let Robert Downey Jr. act ...
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Why do some scenes have bad video & audio? [closed]

I was watching Manhunter (1986), I noticed one thing, there are some scenes which shot with old camera with bad audio. Example see this scene with blur look & also having bad audio. Remaining ...
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How do they shoot breaking things so close to the camera without damaging it?

In Knight of Cups (2015), Barry breaks things in rage. Pieces fly all over the camera. But this scene is shot so closely to the camera. How do they shoot breaking things without causing any damage ...
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What is the name of this camera work used in the opening shot of After Hours?

What is the name of the camera technique used for the dynamic opening shot of Martin Scorsese's After Hours?
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How was the high-contrast cinematography done in Kill Bill?

In the Kill Bill feature film duo, there are numerous black and white scenes with high contrast. The cinematography is remniscent of the work of Ansel Adams. Presumably the interesting appearance was ...
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Cinematography and Mise en scene in Taxi Driver's “You talking to me?” scene [closed]

This movie is considered an all time great, and especially the mirror scene when Travis is talking to his mirror is heralded as an amazing scene. I don't exactly see what makes this scene above and ...
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Is the change in camera handling, related to the characters state of mind?

In the movie Carnage 2011 by Roman Polanski, we see a gradual change in the camera handling style. When the film starts almost all the scenes are shot with fixed point camera view. But as gradually ...
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In World War Z what is the name of this camera technique that switches between the protagonist and what they see?

The camera in this shot sweeps towards the protagonist as it centres on him (Pitt), and away from the zombies as it switches back to them, giving the impression of speed and approach as the camera ...
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What is the first major film that used drones?

I assume with the switch to digital film-making and light weight 4K or higher resolution cameras, shots that previously would have required a helicopter are now being done with drones at much lower ...
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Was there any notable pushback against “dark” (lack of lighting) cinematography?

One of the most common "normal people" gripes I usually hear about TV shows and films is that directors love to shoot "dark" scenes (literally dark - there is not enough lighting to be able to see ...
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Are there any other films which are constructed in a “Photomontage with narration” style similarly to La Jetée?

La Jetée is a short, French sci-fi film of about 30 minutes. The whole film is just one long sequence of beautiful black and white photographs, except for a single short sequence where the photographs ...
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What's the future of the 3D technolgy used in theaters?

During the last few days, I spent some time reading different articles about certain companies quitting developing and manufacturing processes of 3D technologies for end consumers - more specifically: ...
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Stroboscopic effects in “Love Actually”

Recently I was rewatching Love Actually in TV and before it started a warning appeared: This movie contains stroboscopic effects. Since you don't often see this kind of warning before a movie it ...
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Why do we frequently see movie characters watching very old black and white movies? [closed]

I couldn't help but notice that in many relatively new movies starting from 2000s, movie characters are very frequently shown watching extremely old black and white TV shows or movies rather than ...
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Why are movies still shot on film? [duplicate]

Many modern big budget films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar and even some TV shows such as Breaking Bad are still shot on film. Directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin ...
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How were Sophie's interactions with the BFG filmed?

According to the BFG himself, he's a whoppin' 24 feet tall. For the most part, the actress that plays Sophie does a good job of keeping her eyes "on" him, wherever his head is. She also avoids ...
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How did the Planet Earth II crew film animals without disturbing them?

Planet earth II has some incredible footage. One of the major differences I've noticed in the second series is that the footage appears to get much closer and follow the animals a lot more. That got ...
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Why do soap operas have the soap opera effect?

The soap opera effect occurs when frame interpolation is used. For example, if a movie is shot at 24 frames per second and then shown on a TV screen which is capable of displaying 60 frames per second ...
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Keystone effect in high-budget movies [closed]

Avatar 3D has gigantic keystone effect throughout the whole film. See feature points for one frame: Obviously, it happened, because converged cameras were used. But none of modern movies that I ...
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Camera technique where crowd moves fast around a stationary character?

This is very common scene in movies and TV shows where a character is shown standing stationary but all other characters' movement is shown in kinda fast forward mode. And these characters are moving ...
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Who invented the “Run to the president” scene

In many movies you can find a scene where something big just happened and someone starts running to the president (or another important person) to report it. In that scene you can see a floor-near ...
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Why did they use handheld camera for very end scenes in Carol?

I saw Carol (2015) recently. All scenes are shot with steady cam, sometimes it looks like Wes Anderson or Tom Hooper shots. But for the very end scenes they use handheld camera which almost reminds ...
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Why does the action look choppy in Captain America: Civil War?

I've just seen Captain America: Civil War and one thing that struck me was how choppy a lot of the action looks. I'm aware that filmmakers often play with frame-rates to get various effects. Action ...
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How do they shoot binocular scenes?

How do they shoot binocular scenes? Do they put two cameras in binoculars? See this binocular vision from Ronin (1998):
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Why is the path of film through a camera so convoluted?

Here is a shot of the inside of a Panavision 65mm camera. As you can see the film makes a number of turns. Why is this done? It seems like it would only make noise and scratch the strip.
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Are lights a worthwhile investment?

If Terrence Malick can get such gorgeous images using almost entirely natural/available light, why do filmmakers bother with artificial lights? From behind-the-scenes material, you learn that much of ...
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How did they shoot the Las Vegas scene in “Now You See Me”?

How did they shoot the Las Vegas MGM Grand scene in "Now You See Me" (2013)? At the beginning of the Las Vegas scene there is a very large auditorium with a rotunda stage and the camera's viewpoint ...
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What are the two rectangles on videos before release?

There are usually two rectangles over videos before the final video is released. I guess they might be there to help the camera operator. What purpose do they serve? Do they have a specific name? ...
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How to shoot dangerous animals in movie?

How do they shoot movies with live tigers? Do they use real live dangerous animals to shoot movies? If they are not real then how they do it?
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Who are these guys that are following the cameraman?

In this video about the filming of The Battle of Winterfell, starting at 4:04 you can see 2 people follow around the cameraman as he is filming. What are they doing? They seem superfluous and ...