I need some advice on high school.
Posted 04 September 2008 - 09:04 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:26 AM
I would also offer to film or video tape every single performance. Play with the camera on manual settings and read. You'll learn a lot about focus, depth of field, f stops, composition, editing, how the light effects a scene and the actors in it, ect. Get your our little movie camera, 16mm non-reflex Bell and Howell 240 or something similar (because they're cheap, REAL cheap under a hundred buck sometimes under 50 with shipping and you'll HAVE to learn how to set your lenses with a light meter and measuring tape because you can't see directly through the camera lens, you look through a viewfinder that's at this side of the camera in what's called a parallax view......look it up.) then save up your pennies and go out and shoot some stuff on your own. (You also have to be careful because film is not re-usable like video tape so you have to check everything and make sure it's right before you shoot or you will be waisting your money. Best training there is!) Sam Fuller's first camera was a Filmo. Steve Spielberg's what his dad's super 8.
What I would also highly recommend is that you do a LOT of studying on your own. Read every book you can find and visit as many film making forums as you can. If you plan to be a cinematographer, you're doing what you can in high school, however, IF you're planning on becoming a film maker, you may also want to look at taking creative writing and drama classes to learn a little about story structure and plot. There a lot of stuff here in this forum. search and read it. Ask a lot of questions that's how you learn. Also this is a professional forum, you have to use your real name as per the rules like we all do.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:59 AM
Try to watch a lot of movies, from all different countries and eras. One of my pet peeves with SOME of the young filmmakers out there is that their knowledge of movies only dates back 20, maybe thirty years. Look at films from all the way back as well as the new stuff. If I were a teacher, I would give out this homework assignment early on. Pick 3 cinematographers whose work you admire. One from the earlier days (Like the 40s or earlier), One from the 60s and 70s, and one from the last 30 years or so. Find out what they shot. Describe what you like about the cinematography in these movies.
Ask lots of questions. Also, be resourceful in finding answers. You're already on the right track by posting on this forum, just make sure you go to "my controls" up top and change your screenname to your First and Last name.