Questions tagged [cinematography]

Cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography.

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Are modern movies less saturated and darker in terms of lighting? What started this?

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this or if it is nostalgia tugging but it seems to me that modern movies are much more darkly lit than, let's say, 80's movies. Does anyone have anything to ...
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Why do 90s movies often look noisy? [closed]

It is my impression that movies from around the 90s look more noisy than from other eras (in terms of picture quality, sorry I probably lack the proper terminology here). In particular, unlike what ...
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Why would they use a backdrop in this outdoor scene?

I was watching the movie Double Jeopardy (1999) and the opening scene features a party that takes place at a large lodge type house on the water in Vancouver. In some of the scenes the bay can be seen ...
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The distorted images in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The final segment of 2001 includes distorted images like below to convey an eerie sense. How was it achieved? Did Kubrick use a different lens for these shots? Can anyone specify the lenses he used ...
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How did they manage to make Birdman look like one single shot?

In Birdman there are some techniques for making it all look like a single shot that I've picked up on which are quite obvious, such as the camera turning upwards towards the sky and then having it ...
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Tracking and Traveling Shot

What is the precise difference between a tracking shot and a traveling shot? I’ve seen that some people consider them synonym, like here: https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/fmst-terminology/...
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Can a specific shooting style be patented?

I was watching one of my childhood cartoons and realized one of the scenes was directly uplifted from Matrix. What I wonder about is. Can movies get sued because they copy the camera angles and stuff ...
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Origin of the side-view surprise car crash shot?

The most common form of the surprise car crash shot has the camera inside a moving car, with the frame showing the driver or a passenger in profile and (past them) a side window framing the world ...
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Pasolini's hand-held camera

In most of his films, Pier Paolo Pasolini uses a shaky hand-held camera almost constantly, though it is not needed on most occasions. Can anybody clarify why he preferred to use this technique?
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How did Kubrick shoot HAL's “eye” in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

How did Kubrick shoot HAL's "eye" in 2001: A Space Odyssey? We see the reflection of the astronauts approaching HAL, but not the camera. How was it done?
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How was 1917 filmed as a continuous shot?

I just saw the new Sam Mendes film 1917 and was really impressed with the continuous shot approach, especially given the setting in the trenches of WW1. I've seen this effect done before and know ...
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Camera manipulating actor's heights? (Chris Bauer height? The Wire vs For All Mankind)

I've started watching For All Mankind and was pleased to see Chris Bauer in a strong supporting role playing Deke Slayton. I hadn't seen him in anything since he played Frank Sobotka in The Wire In ...
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Was there a special kind of camera used for The Rise of Skywalker?

While watching The Rise of Skywalker I noticed many many shots where the camera would be looking at the characters/events from far away and then zoom in and re-angle itself onto the character or ...
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Was the slightly shaky camera effect done “In the edit” of the Kingsman movies?

The fight scenes in the Kingsman movies, as well as being fairly brutal, are amazing bit of cinema - long shots following through the action, with a mostly steady camera taking in all the detail. I ...
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Are movies shot in higher resolution than the planned broadcasting? [duplicate]

Apparently The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit are going to be released in 4K (link in German). The Fellowship of the Ring is from 2001 when the 4K technology was not generally available. Does that ...
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What's the longest period of time over which a time lapse film has been recorded?

Time lapse photography can create some pretty impressive visuals. I think we mostly see time-lapse photography in non-fictional works about nature, plants, or the stars. But sometimes it's used in ...
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How did they shoot that scene in “The Fall”?

Here is the scene of The Fall I am talking about. It's from the first episode in the first season, in fact within the first ten minutes actually. Here the character pulls of a mask and the camera is ...
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How did Hitchcock get the still eyeball shot in “Psycho”?

In the 1960 thriller Psycho, there is a shot of a dead body with the eye fixed open as the corpse lays on the bathroom floor. At first I thought it was a still, but some of the water drops move, so I ...
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Camera Movements in Roma

According to Alfonso Cuarón, the scene in which Cleo is turning off the lights contains 45 different camera positions. Why couldn't he do the scene simply with a 360-degree panning shot? Has he ...
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How does a Camera move freely inside a car in a movie scene?

In Children Of Men, there is an uncut scene wherein a camera moves freely inside a car full of people. It starts with a front shot with the camera in the dashboard position facing back towards the ...
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Mirror shot without camera reflection in “Velvet Buzzsaw”

In the film Velvet Buzzsaw, there is a unique piece of reflective art, 'Sphere'. There are a couple of camera shots where we see the sphere, but the camera cannot be seen in the reflection: How are ...
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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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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 ...