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#1 Zahi Farah

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:41 PM

Hello.

I know, pretty raw question. I'm a filmmaking student (wow, lucky me :P) and I would like to start gathering some knowledge about cameras. Where should I go? Like, would you advise me to stick around on these forums or would you say they're too advanced for me?

Let me explain myself better (maybe that'll help), I don't even know which brands are good or why they're good. I don't know the difference between ARRI Film & AATON Film. I have no clue whatsoever.
So assume I have 0 knowledge but I'm willing to educate myself. Where do I start? With what?

I have some knowledge about photography, I know about lenses and how they work and such. But I wouldn't call myself a professional, at best a amateur.

I would really appreciate your opinions as to how I should start learning about this. Consider me a blank book that I need to fill, it needs to be logical and efficient. I will handle the self-preservation required in order to keep up with technology as it advances.

Thank you for your time, I hope this makes sense.

Peace.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:06 PM

You could check out the web sites

http://www.arri.de/c...troduction.html

http://www.aaton.com/products/film/

There are quite a few film students around here.

You should learn about the various film formats plus the numerous books available on Cinematography, many of which can be found on Amazon or your college library should have them. Possible starting points.

Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers by Blain Brown
The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Pictures Filming Techniques Joseph V Mascelli
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#3 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 04:23 PM

You could check out the web sites

http://www.arri.de/c...troduction.html

http://www.aaton.com/products/film/

There are quite a few film students around here.

You should learn about the various film formats plus the numerous books available on Cinematography, many of which can be found on Amazon or your college library should have them. Possible starting points.

Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers by Blain Brown
The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Pictures Filming Techniques Joseph V Mascelli



Agreed. Check out Cinematography by Kris Malkiewicz. That would also be a good book to start with.

As a film student, one of the most important things is not only to keep up with the new technology, but also to learn about where it all came from. Getting the fundamentals from the past will help you enormously in the long run.

Here are links to ARRI's and Kodak's respective histories. You should also feel free to contact the big companies. They will gladly e-mail you literature about their history if it is not listed on their website.

http://www.arri.de/a...ri/history.html

http://motion.kodak...._Film/index.htm
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#4 Ben J

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:15 AM

American Cinematographer magazine.
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:49 AM

Get a job at a rental house.
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#6 Mohamed Fawzy

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:34 AM

What I did was simply research, you wanna know what ARRI is, just google it and study it throughly

In other words, google is indeed your best friend

Also you should keep an eye on this forum as well, you'll find a dedicated section for almost every camera out there, and read the discussions that take place on those forums so you'd start understanding the different aspect on which people choose a camera to work with, and if there was something mentioned during that discussion that you don't understant, simply resort to your best friend google and look up!

Well, at least that's how I learned without even going to film school...
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#7 Mark August SOC

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 03:20 PM

Hello.

I know, pretty raw question. I'm a filmmaking student (wow, lucky me :P) and I would like to start gathering some knowledge about cameras. Where should I go? Like, would you advise me to stick around on these forums or would you say they're too advanced for me?

Let me explain myself better (maybe that'll help), I don't even know which brands are good or why they're good. I don't know the difference between ARRI Film & AATON Film. I have no clue whatsoever.
So assume I have 0 knowledge but I'm willing to educate myself. Where do I start? With what?

I have some knowledge about photography, I know about lenses and how they work and such. But I wouldn't call myself a professional, at best a amateur.

I would really appreciate your opinions as to how I should start learning about this. Consider me a blank book that I need to fill, it needs to be logical and efficient. I will handle the self-preservation required in order to keep up with technology as it advances.

Thank you for your time, I hope this makes sense.

Peace.


Panavision has a libary on our website with Camera manuals and great source of information. at www.panavison.com


All the best,

Mark August
Panavison Hollywood
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#8 Zahi Farah

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:52 PM

Thanks everyone :)
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