Seamless Look of Birdman: How They Did it

Like it, love it or (in a few cases) loathe it, Birdman feels like one of the films that, when we look back years or decades from now, will come to define 2014 at the movies. With some of the best reviews of the year, and one of the best limited releases in recent memory, it […]

An In-Depth Lesson On Composing An Image

The following Blender Guru Tutorial was created with the CG artist in mind, but I think we can all agree that the points made are useful to both photographers and filmmakers alike. What I liked most about the tutorial was that it not only shows you examples of good image composition, it also shows us badly […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with the DP Bryant Fisher and Gaffer Jerred Sanusi

Above: Director of Photography, Bryant Fisher (behind camera) on set of Little Leading Ladies. Image courtesy of Adorama Rentals.  Welcome to part 3 of this five-part blog series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  Kelly La Rosa of Adorama Rentals interviews Bryant Fisher and Jerred Sanusi, respectively Director of Photography and Gaffer on the Little Leading Ladies video. […]

5 Lighting Alternatives for the Spontaneous Shooter

As photographers and filmmakers we all appreciate a well planned and organized shoot. As artists, however there are often opportunities we simply can’t pass up for a great capture. When such an opportunity presents itself you just have to take advantage of the artistic energy in the environment and create something. Whether it’s a photograph or […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From 2 Prominent Directors

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club, Se7en. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver. The above list of great films came from two very talented and well-respected directors of our time: David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Now, here’s a chance to learn from these amazing filmmakers.   […]

ARCoverage: On Set Day – Replicating Natural Light Sources

On June 12th as a part of the ON SET series at Adorama Pro, Daniel Norton demonstrated how to replicate natural light sources in a manner that is believable through the camera. He started his demonstration with a lesson on Sunlight. “Sunlight during the day is a hard light which comes from a small source.  […]

#TBT: City of God (Meirelles/2002)

City of God is Brazil’s most critically acclaimed film of recent years. Based on the book of the same name by writer Paulo Lins, which in-turn was based on a true story, City of God (Cidade de Deus) is a violent, fast-paced movie that tells the tale of the residents of this Brazilian favela (slum). […]

11 Cinematographers You Should be Following on Instagram

“Cinematographers don’t get much glory, but without their eye, their expertise and their dedication to visual excellency, our movies and TV shows would look a lot less interesting. They determine the shots, set the mood and turn the everyday into the extraordinary. We rounded up some of the most celebrated cinematographers of the last few […]

ARCoverage: Pro Day – Filming Narrative Dialogue – What You Missed

Here’s what you missed at Adorama Pro’s Live Pro Day Event on May 8th.  We covered much ground during this event overall, but what I’m going to talk about is the Lighting Setup Daniel Norton used for this shoot; an aspect of filmmaking many overlook and very few fully understand. The actors, Sharina and Andy, arrived promptly […]

Spotlight: Cineo TruColor Foton2

This week’s Spotlight is on the Cineo TruColor Foton2; a remote phosphor, portable par light.  It’s one of Cineo’s first portable lights that pulls a mere 35W and has an output equivalent to 200W tungsten, or 125W HMI.  You can change the beam angle of the light by switching out the various par reflectors included with […]