Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Choose a focal length, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- We've talked about how the lens magnifies the image…in front of it.…Now, let's talk about the most common task…the cinematographer has to perform on a day-to-day basis,…deciding on the lens' focal length while shooting a scene.…Your selection of a lens and distance…affects how your audience feels about the characters…in your scene.…For this reason, great cinematographers carefully choose…the focal length and distance of each shot.…It's a common practice for young cinematographers…to choose the focal length of the lens…by putting a zoom lens on the camera and rotating…the zoom ring until the shot is as wide…as the cinematographer wants it to be,…without much consideration of how far the camera is…from the subject.…
Choosing a lens in this way loses a lot…of the subtle poser of using just the right focal length…at just the right distance.…In reality, you should combine the choice of a focal length…with the decision about distance,…because the full impact of a lens choice…comes from the combination of the focal length…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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