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Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes: Taxi Driver


Excerpt from Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson Focal Press, 2016 TAXI DRIVER, 1976 V. THE SHOOT-OUT The shoot-out scene is memorable not only for its violence, but also for a sense of ambiguity in it. This ambiguity pervades the whole movie, largely due to Schrader’s refusal to shine any solid light on…

Film Coverage

Cover Your Scene (and Your Butt)


The term “coverage” refers to the variety of shots you use to visually tell your story. Think of it not just as covering your scene, but covering your butt in editing. Apart from just breaking up the monotony of a single, long camera shot, getting more shots or additional coverage will provide plenty of opportunities…


The DIT Cart – Things to Think About in Planning a Cart


If you plan to own and operate a DIT cart, there are many things to take into account as you plan the rig. Remember that it will be more than just an equipment holder. It will also be your workspace, your office and your refuge for those inevitable long days on the set. It will…

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Top Ten Tips to Improve Your Cinematic Compositions


Top Ten Tips from Gustavo Mercado to Improve Your Cinematic Compositions 1. Use a director’s viewfinder, a still camera, or any other instrument that allows you to create a frame to see the world around you. Good compositions work not only because of what is included in the frame, but also because of what is…


Composition – The Golden Mean


Your three-dimensional subjects and the scene they’re in are composed through your lens. This composition relies on many factors, including lenses and shot sizes, as well as camera angles. But one underlying principle can’t be understated: the golden mean appearing in nature, a ratio studied by mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (whom you might recall from…

Film Shots in Your Film

Six Shot List Considerations


A shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer). The shot list is the first step in the larger task of scheduling the production, and the principal factor in organizing the shot list is efficiency. The considerations determining the organization of our shots, in more-or-less descending order of…

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Cinematography: Interview with Dion Beebe


Born in Australia but raised in South Africa, Dion Beebe returned to Australia to study cinematography at the Australian Film Television and Radio School from 1987 to 1989. He started his career in features shooting Alison Maclean’s Crush in 1992, moving onto other notable local films including Clara Law’s Floating Life (1996), John Curran’s Praise…

Christopher Doyle

Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle


The following is an excerpt from an interview with Christopher Doyle in FilmCraft: Cinematography. One of the world’s most audacious and brilliant cinematographers, Christopher Doyle was born in 1952 in Australia, but has spent most of his professional life in Asia. Prior to his first DP job in 1983, he had worked as an oil…

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F-Up #62 “Cinematography Happens While Shooting”


You have met with the director. You have figured out the look, the style, and the tone of the film, and you’ve analyzed scenes visualizing the shots as you see them in your head. Now it’s time to create a shot list. A shot list is the list of precise shots you will make for…

Zoom Lenses

Video: How zoom lenses work


Emmy winning filmmaker Jason Tomaric walks you through the ins and out of zoom lenses This is a sample from FilmSkills. FilmSkills is the visual way to learn filmmaking. Online training videos available 24/7.

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