Cinematography

Cinematography

Why Are Disney Short Films So Successful?

From hungry puppies to brave little clocks, Disney’s short films are both entertaining and heartwarming. For years, Disney has kept us amused with their humorous, and at times, tear-jerking mini movies. Disney’s films have the uncanny ability to deliver, time ...
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How to: Get Creative With Light!

With the Christmas season here, there is no doubt that there will be many pictures taken in front of the Christmas tree – or really anything with lights for that matter. Here is a easy and creative way to customize ...
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L.A. Professional Encounter: Professionals and Paramount

After more than 36 straight hours of driving (road trip!), CCM arrived in the greater Los Angeles area last Tuesday. Here are some highlights of our first 48 hours! Wednesday we had an all-day session with director, cinematographer, and friend ...
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L.A. Professional Encounter: Cinematography, Lighting, Visual Storytelling

Drew Thomas has worked on a large number of projects. He has worked on popular shows such as ABC’s The Muppets, Dancing with the Stars, and The Voice, among many others. Drew also wrote and directed his own feature film, ...
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Game Changer: The Importance of the Disney Renaissance

Animated films have been a staple of cinema for nearly a century. Walt Disney changed the game in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film. Cinema hasn’t been the same since. It’s hard to ...
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Lighting How-To: Reverse Key Light Guide

I want to show you a technique that will improve your lighting immensely — it’s called reverse key lighting. You may be accustomed to setting up your key light from the front of your subject, setting up a fill light, ...
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Lighting Setup- Naturalism

In this blog we will be looking at creating day interior sets within a studio. I recently filmed some product shots for a company that writes curriculum books for schools. They wanted it to look natural and organic. So, I ...
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Lighting How-To: The Chinese Lantern

There are limitless ways to light a set, tons of different lighting techniques, and there are no rules (just make sure what you achieve helps tell your story). So where do you start? Anywhere! Start experimenting with your lights and ...
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How To: Interior Lighting

In this post we will be talking about lighting an interior scene with naturally motivated lighting. Have you ever watched a scene that was filmed inside a house and you can tell there is a light right outside the window? ...
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The Science of Soft Lighting

Creating a beautiful soft light can enhance your glamour shots, your interior day scenes, and the actors will forever love you for making them look great. There can be a lot of questions and misconceptions regarding soft light. For the ...