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#1 Angelo Lorenzo

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 03:12 AM

I am a 22 year year old wet-behind-the-ears cinematographer here in LA. I have a degree in Photography and that is my current professional trade.

Over the last year my friends and I have developed a production company and although we're very up on digital video cameras, I feel that I could use a background in the lingo and operation of motion picture film cameras. I learned film photography in college and I'm extremely confident with being able to light a scene and love the fact that one of the partners in the company is a stage manager and designs lighting as well.

Any books from the book list on the forum, or otherwise, that you'd suggest could fill me in? I have a $30 gift card for Amazon. I've never even touched a super 8mm let alone could think about handling some 35mm format, anamorphic lens, etc etc.

Choosing photography over film in college has caught up with me so help is staggeringly appreciated. To be honest, I'd love to shoot some 8mm or 16mm for sections of a documentary we'll be working on in Sept-Oct of this year.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:08 AM

I co-wrote a book called "Cinematography" (Third Edition) with Kris Malkiewicz. I'm biased of course, but I think it is a straight-forward intro to shooting 16mm film which is applicable to other film formats.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:14 AM

I have David's book and I recommend it. Also "Film Lighting," is quite useful.
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#4 Steve McBride

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:54 PM

As David and Adrian have said, Cinematography and Film Lighting are definitely the two to get. Film Lighting is definitely a must have and Cinematography is great for all aspects of being a DP.
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