Am I a fraud?
Posted 27 June 2006 - 09:47 AM
I believe that I have numerous styles which stay congruent to the narrative but I still lack the confidence as I think there is allot of serendipity with the results I achieve.
Shooting video I believe I am cheating as I am getting direct feedback to the monitor (lighting and exposure direct to you). I have shot some film but I feel like I am playing the tables at the casino waiting for the rushes to come in. Loosely quoted, John Seale talked about the two slopes of knowledge, up hill, the first slope, the development of knowledge with your technical equipment and the second, down slope, knowing when and how (and control not to use) the technical knowledge in implementation which would best tell the story.
Question 1, am I a fraud or do other cinematographers have a certain element of luck or are they concise with the look in their head as with their results?
Question 2, besides the obvious and shoot more, is there a test method to gain confidence in exposures and how light falls?
Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:58 AM
The more you shoot, the more situations you learn to handle, the less fear you'll have, but you can't eliminate chance altogether.
Besides, you should be seeking out work that makes you a litte scared anyway, doing something on the borderline of being beyond you, or else you never learn and grow. I'm sure if I lit the same sets for years on end, my fear of them would diminish, but where's the fun in that?
Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:18 AM
Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:30 AM
Are you a fraud? Of course not. Respect film, but dont assume its a totally different world to video. Your composition and lighting skills/preferences arent dependent on you being within 20yards of a video camera are they?
Why not take film stills on your video shoot? You could start to compare how your lighting style would transfer. Also, super8 is a blast to shoot and relatively cheap to get kitted out.
Every shot you are asked to do will be a challenge if you want it to be the best.
look forward to seeing some film pieces on the critique forum
All the best
Posted 28 June 2006 - 05:07 PM
Posted 29 June 2006 - 04:41 AM
Posted 29 June 2006 - 10:44 AM
and read books and manuls
Posted 29 June 2006 - 10:58 AM