Learn about a method of keeping the focus where you want it to be as you shoot a scene.
- The cinematographer doesn't pull focus but…we have to understand it because of the second…and third parts of our three responsibilities.…That of an artist, a technician, and a manager…of personnel and facilities.…What we're talking about here is math.…We have to take a series of factors…and boil these down to a decision…about sharpness.…The factors are focal length, distance, f stop…notice I didn't say t stop, and the circle of confusion.…
The first camera assistant, that's Tito here,…working with Josh our operator, Tito's responsible for…executing focus during the shot.…The technical aspects of the design of the shot…are ultimately the responsibility of the cinematographer.…The cinematographer has to understand the current focus…situation because he or she created it.…Now is everything in motion?…In this case no, the camera's stable, the subject's stable.…Is the scene unrealistically dark?…You know movie dark is different from real dark,…in this situation we got plenty of light.…
One tip, don't dive forward, you're possibly better…
Focus equipment can be complex and completely separate from the camera. Bill talks about how to use this equipment effectively. In addition, unlike still photography, your camera and the subject in front of your camera may be in motion. Discover how to manage this dynamic aspect of filmmaking, including how to avoid common focusing errors with actors. Finally, get tips for handling common problems with lighting and focus.
- Using the light meter
- Optics concepts
- Pulling focus
- Focus splits and zones of focus
- Composition and movement
- Avoiding common focusing errors with actors
- Solving common lighting and focus problems