getting started in nature cinematographuy
Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:33 AM
What is the best way to approach this task? Am I in danger of having too specific a goal?
Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:08 PM
Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:40 PM
Nature cinematography? Consider the connection to Nature photography - you've got color, texture, form, balance, harmony. But with cinematography you've also got ACTION! Frantic, cautious, peaceful, excited, all the ranges of movement inherent in the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. Make a demo roll with as many different types of scenes, as beautiful as you can make them, and remember it's not hanging on a wall of a gallery, it's going on in real time, so get a flow going. Make people want to see next scene, and leave them wanting more.
Thank you for your eye opening points.
I've done alot of video work in nature just for the fun of it. However, I have always been caught up in composition and didn't think too much about the action.
Thanks, and please wish me luck.
Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:42 PM
Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:16 PM
I would contact your favourite nature cameraman and ask him if you can help him out as an assistant or if you can shadow him on a shoot for a few weeks. Learn from somebody who has been doing it for years...you'll probably learn more stuff in a few weeks by watching a seasoned cameraman do it and asking questions than if you tried to figure it for yourself over a longer period of time.
Thank you! That is an awesome Idea.
I know that there is a lot to be learned. I'm particularlly concerned about camera movement and focus. I guess that's where the experience comes in.
Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:41 PM
Edited by Patrick Cooper, 14 July 2007 - 11:42 PM.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 01:31 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 01:41 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 02:25 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 04:50 PM
The flying insect footage is what gets me. Slo-mo at large apertures and insanely small DOF.
Totally. A friend and I are going to test out the probe lens on the SDX. I'm hoping to shoot mostly insects and stuff like that. And maybe get some cool shots of the moon, just to do it.
I also want to take the camera down to the park and see if I can follow the squirrels-fast buggers.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 03:28 AM
Sorry I?m late in seeing this thread ? I?ve been on a shoot chasing Mountain Goats for the BBC. As Logan says we offer an MFA that focuses on Science and nature filmmaking at Montana State ? the link for the program is http://naturefilm.mo...a.edu/index.php
The fun of this specialized work is the constant challenges and problem solving to get subjects and their behaviour on film. Portraits are a breeze; it?s the behavioural sequences that put you to the test. We use every technique, lens and odd optical system out there. At times we invent tools for specific shots. Most successful nature DPs have a scientific background as well as photographic skills. The work keeps you on your toes and you travel to magical places to see, and often film the rare and wonderful. For me it?s a dream job. Contact me directly if you want to chat more about it. To view some of my work you can see clips on my website www.philsavoie.com.